Robot Monk Blends Science and Buddhism at Chinese Temple

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A Buddhist sanctuary on the edges of Beijing has chosen to jettison customary ways and use innovation to pull in adherents.
Longton sanctuary says it has built up a robot minister that can serenade Buddhist mantras, move by means of voice summon, and hold a straightforward discussion.
Named Xian’er, the 60-cm (2-foot) tall robot looks like a toon like fledgling friar in yellow robes with a shaven head, keeping a touch screen on his mid-section.
Xian’er can hold a discussion by replying around 20 basic inquiries concerning Buddhism and every day life, registered on his screen, and perform seven sorts of movements on his wheels.
Expert Xianfan, Xian’er’s maker, said the robot minister was the ideal vessel for making the knowledge of Buddhism in China, through the combination of science and Buddhism.
“Science and Buddhism are not restricting nor negating, and can be joined and commonly perfect,” said Xianfan.
Under the cautious watch of China’s authoritatively nonbeliever Communist Party, religion has gradually crawled over into every day life since changes got going quite a few years back.
Image said Buddhism filled a hole for individuals in a quickly evolving, advanced mobile phone ruled society.
“Buddhism is one thing that connects much significance to inward heart, and pays consideration on the individual’s profound world,” he said.
“It is a kind of raised society. Talking from this point of view, I think it can fulfill the necessities of numerous individuals.”
The little robot friar was produced as a joint venture between an innovation organization and man-made brainpower specialists from some of China’s top colleges.
It was revealed to the general society in October.
Be that as it may, Xian’er is not inexorably the people person numerous trusts him to be.
He has visited a rare mechanical technology and advancement fairs crosswise over China yet once in a while shows up at Longquan sanctuary.
Xian’er spends the greater part of his days “thinking” on a rack in an office, despite the fact that interest about him has based on online networking.
Xian’er was roused by Xianfan’s 2013 toon making of the same name. The sanctuary has created toon movements, distributed comic compilations, and even stock highlighting the cartoon friar.
Michelle Yu, a traveler and rehearsing Buddhist, said she initially spotted Xian’er on online networking.
“He looks truly charming and cute. He’ll spread Buddhism to more people, since they will believe he’s exceptionally fascinating, and will make them truly need to comprehend Buddhism,” she said.
The sanctuary is building up another model of Xian’er, which it says will have a more assorted scope of capacities.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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