I’m sure when the phrase “Vorsprung durch Technik” was first uttered, the person who said it didn’t have robotic clergymen on his mind. But that hasn’t stopped team from the Protestant Church of Hesse and Nassau in Germany creating BlessU-2. The robotic priest was created to deliver sermons wisdom and the project is lead by real life man-of-the-cloth Stephan Krebs.
BlessU-2 created to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and what better way to celebrate than with a machine made in man’s image via God. Or something. “We wanted people to consider if it is possible to be blessed by a machine,” Krebs said. But this purely German humour, as the intention is not for robots to replace holy men (or women), “[A robot] could never substitute for pastoral care,” Krebs told The Guardian. I wonder if he’s it’s available for christenings.
(via Atlas Obscura)