Robot Priests: The Future Of Religion?

Japanese company Nisseieco Co. Ltd. unveiled a “robot priest” they have programmed to help with tasks at Buddhist temples, including the reading of Buddhist scripture during funeral ceremonies.

The humanoid robot named “Pepper”, designed by Japanese telecommunications company Softbank, was seen in action wearing a Buddhist robe chanting sutras at Japan’s largest funeral and cemetery expo.

Michio Inamura, the company’s executive adviser, said the robot would be able to fulfill religious duties that are increasingly neglected in society, as donations to, as well as people affiliated with temples is in decline in the country.