Meet Mindar, Japan’s Buddhist robot priest.
A Buddhist temple in Japan has unveiled its $1,000,000 android priest. Mindar, the 6-foot tall robot is modeled after the Buddhist deity Kannon.
Tensho Goto, the chief steward of the temple, said: "Obviously a machine doesn't have a soul, but Buddhist faith isn't about believing in God. It's about following Buddha's path, so it doesn't matter whether it is represented by a machine, a scrap of iron or a tree."
"It could be the influence of the Bible, but Westerners have compared it to Frankenstein's monster," Goto added.