Xian’er, the Buddhist robot monk | CNBC International

Xian’er, the Buddhist robot monk | CNBC International


Meet Xian’er, which translates to ‘Worthy
Robot Stupid Monk’. This Robot can tell you what love is and the
meaning of life. Xian’er was developed as a robot in a joint
project between The Buddhist Longquan temple, artificial intelligence experts at Chinese
universities and a several Chinese tech and culture companies. His purpose is to reach out to people who
are more connected to their smartphones than their inner being. It moves around by voice-command and can answer
twenty different questions about Buddhism as well as chanting mantras. Master Xianfian, a (human) monk at Longquan
and Xian’er’s creator, said artificial intelligence could be harnessed to spread Buddhist wisdom
in China. The number of Buddhists worldwide is expected
to increase to 511 million people by 2030. (SOURCE: Pew research center)

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