The Japan Times ran a story on a robotic Boddhisattva being unveiled in Kyoto. The the robot, named “Mindar,” is based specifically on the female Boddhisattva Kannon, or Guanyin. This is NOT an AI-enabled set-up, Mindar broadcasts pre-recorded lectures and gestures, accompanied by projections of Chinese and English subtitles. The story begins:
“A robot modeled after Kannon Bodhisattva and designed to explain the teachings of Buddha in plain terms was unveiled to the media at Kodaiji Temple in the city of Kyoto on Saturday.
“In a dimly lit hall of the temple, the robot — named Mindar — gave a speech on the Heart Sutra and humanity with English and Chinese subtitles projected on the wall as music played in the background.”
So, when we going to be working on our Crowleybot?