Robot Buddhist Priest Chants, Drums

The latest job taken by robots - Buddhist priest. In Japan, the average cost of a funeral can exceed £20,000, and human priests take £1,700 of that. Nissei Eco is looking to undercut the market with Pepper, a robot that rents out for just £350 per funeral.

Technovelgy readers are already familiar with Pepper, Your Robot Companion.


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Pepper ready to serve)

Pepper’s new code will let it chant sutras in a computerised voice while tapping a drum, providing a cheaper alternative to a human priest to see your loved ones off...

Would-be funeral arrangers have the option to deck Pepper out in the robe of a Buddhist monk and can even live-stream the ceremony to those who can’t attend the funeral in person.

My favorite references to the idea of a robotic priest are the Padre booth from Philip K. Dick's 1969 novel Galactic Pot-Healer and the proselytizing robot from Cities in Flight (1951) by James Blish.

Here are three more robot religious leaders:

Via The Guardian.

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