கம்ப்யூட்டர் கடவுளே சரணம்! (Post No.6908)

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 Date: 21 AUGUST 2019  

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Post No. 6908

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Robot to change the face of religion

A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion — despite critics comparing the android to “Frankenstein’s monster.”

A robot priest!

The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom. “This robot will never die, it will just keep updating itself and evolving,” priest Tensho Goto said.

Chants prayers

The adult-sized robot began service earlier this year and is able to move its torso, arms and head. But only its hands, face and shoulders are covered in silicone to replicate human skin. Clasping its hands together in prayer and speaking in soothing tones, the rest of the droid’s mechanical parts are clearly visible.

A gender-neutral robot

Wiring and blinking lights fill the cranial cavity of its open-top head and snake around its gender-neutral, aluminium body. A tiny video camera installed in the left eye completes an eerie, cyborg-like frame seemingly lifted straight out of a dystopian Hollywood sci-fi thriller.

The cost!

Developed at a cost of almost $1m in a joint project between the Zen temple and renowned robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro at Osaka University, the humanoid — called Mindar — teaches about compassion and of the dangers of desire, anger and ego.

Reaching younger generations

With religion’s influence on daily life flat-lining in Japan, Goto hopes Kodaiji’s robot priest will be able to reach younger generations in a way traditional monks can’t.

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  1. This is a matter for serious reflection. The Western (Abrahamic ) religions are based on the basic principle that ‘idol’ worship is not permitted. This derives from the Judaic idea that an idol is a product of human hands and it is sacrilegious to worship it. This again is based on their belief that God is the maker -Creator of the world and he is ever different and away from the Creation. That is, God is Transcendent to the world, and not Immanent in it. Therefore it is sacrilegious to invoke God in any thing in the world, or anything made by man. Thus they have no concept of “Sacredness”, but only the idea of the ‘Holy”. They have holy book, holy land, holy places of worship, but not Sacred. Jerusalem is holy, but not sacred, because Christ was once there,but he is not present there now. Likewise Mecca, Manjid and Church are holy places, but not sacred. Indians do not generally appreciate the difference and use these words as equivalents.
    We Hindus believe that God did not create the world- but He became the world- that is He manifested Himself as the world. That is, God is not only Transcendent but He is also Immanent. So everything in creation is invested with Divinity. We therefore consider mountains, rivers, sea, plants and trees- everything as Sacred and do not consciously injure anything. Great saints do not even dare to pluck a leaf or flower, for that amounts to violence to them. [ eg.மலரினூடு நீயே இருத்தியால் மலர் பறிக்கவும் மனம் நண்ணேன்- தாயுமானவர்.]
    What Westerners foolishly term as idol worship is not so. Hindus invoke the Divine presence in the object of worship, by investing it with a Cosmic or extra-human dimension or spirit- called Prana Pratishtha. This is released after the worship is over.
    A computer or Robot is a purely human product. The vaunted AI is also a human artifice, featuring human efforts and limitations. There is no extra human or cosmic dimension in it to claim a religious significance. This is an artificial atmosphere of our own creation, and how can it induce a genuine religious or spiritual feeling or temperament ? This is just like cheap magic.
    The worship of the Computer is the greatest example of true idol worship and is the height of foolishness.
    I have been to Japan and visited Kyoto which is their old capital [the reverse of Tokyo]. I know how religious the Japanese are, in spite of the trappings of modernity. The worship of the Robot represents a great fall for them. What a pity.

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