‘AI Guan Yin’ conducts prayers in Kyoto


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019

TO promote Dharma teaching, Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, in collaboration with Osaka University, has installed an “AI Guan Yin” called Minder, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The humanoid AI can conduct prayers and will be equipped with a facial recognition feature in future to interact with visitors.

It stands at 185cm and weighs 60kg and will be placed in the main hall of the temple.

Equipped with an audio and projection system, the AI Guan Yin can also project bilingual text for the convenience of devotees.

Minder will be open to the public from March 8 to May 6.

> Offers to work abroad could turn out to be too good to be true.

A China Press reader shared his experience of being cheated of RM3,000 by an agent who had promised a part-time job picking apples in Australia 12 years ago.

The 68-year-old hawker from Johor Baru said the agent told him that he could earn RM5,000 to RM6,000 a month, with accommodation and daily meals provided.

“When I reached Australia with five other friends, the agent was nowhere to be seen. We lost a total of RM18,000 and had to part ways in Australia to find our own jobs,” he said.

The man was later caught by enforcement officers for not having a work permit during his stay there and was deported back to Malaysia.

> China has launched its first Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit in Harbin, the capital of the northernmost province Heilongjiang, Sin Chew Daily also reported.

It stretches 5.3km and has six stations on the road. The vehicle is 30m in length and can achieve a maximum speed of 70kph.

The report also said the vehicle is effective, affordable and environmentally friendly.

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