I haven’t posted in ages. Been busy writing, aging, shouting at clouds, exploring exciting new donut flavors, writing, thinking about writing, writing, and not posting.
Then a friend passed along a real head-kicker, and I had to share.
Tokyo’s A-Lab Co and the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto unveiled a robot modeled after Kannon Bodhisattva, designed to educate visitors to the temple about Buddhism. The video below sent my brain spinning in a way few bits of futurism news do these days.
The video shows monks bowing to a robot as it explains the teachings of the Buddha. BOWING TO A ROBOT. Ok, maybe not quite ‘bowing to a robot’ when you consider context–they are bowing to a representation of Kannon Bodhisattva, just as they would a statue of the same. But still, that visual…bowing to a moving, animatronic, religous-figure robot…
Made me think of the confession scene in THX 1138.
Also made my brain explode.
That’s all I’ve got for you today. Hope you appreciate it! Robotics in the religious sphere–for good or ill (I have no idea which)–is one seriously fascinating development.