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Japan All Ready For Techno-Religion Evolution! Robots To Perform Buddhist Funeral Rites?

न्यूज़ वर्ल्ड इंडिया | 0
| August 25 , 2017 , 13:26 IST

Technology might have made our lives easy and modernised but that not necessarily means that it doesn't promote divinity. Earlier humanoid robots were taking over the labour-based jobs but now even the priests would be needed to look for another occupation. 

A Japanese company unveiled a SoftBank’s humanoid robot, 'Pepper' - an automaton which is programmed to conduct Buddhist funerals. Inspired by Germany’s Protestant, 'BlessU-2' is a low-cost alternative to hiring a flesh-and-blood monk.

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'Pepper' was trained by Nissei Eco, a plastics manufacturer to read scriptures, chant prayers and tap drums which are all essential parts of a funeral ceremony. Displayed on August 23 at a funeral industry fair in Tokyo, the robot was dressed in ceremonial robes.

The four-foot tall humanoid is claimed to be a Buddhist priest-for-hire which will be available at around, 50,000 Yen (£350). Due to the reduced financial support from the community, the cost of the funeral has significantly gone up in Japan.

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Pepper is also compatible for offering companionship and help at home with small tasks. Although, Softbank, UBTech and Universal has warmed the users of the hacking risks. 10,000 robots have already been sold which were marketed as marketed as a "social companion for humans."