Robot Programed To Conduct Buddhist Funeral Rites

Image Credit: Reuters / Kim Kyung-Hoon

There’s a growing concern that robots will eventually replace humans. Many industrial jobs have already been lost due to the advancement of robotic technology and it seems that robots might end up replacing humans for administering funeral rites as well. A Japanese company has programed SoftBank’s Pepper humanoid robot to perform Buddhist funeral rites.

The programed robot chants sutras in its computerized voice as it taps a drum in a display that...

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