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A robot monk captivates China, mixing spirituality with artificial intelligence

Robot Monk

Didi Kirsten Tatlow  |  Beijing 

Po, the wisdom-seeking hero of the Kung Fu Panda films, might recognise this temple in China where the world's first robot monk dwells. For Po's Jade Palace, there is Longquan (Dragon Spring) Temple, a place of Buddhist worship in the mountains northwest of Beijing, where gnarled gingko and cypress trees tower over red-walled buildings underneath rocky Phoenix Ridge. For his Hall of Warriors, there is the Comic Center deep inside the temple, at the end of winding stone paths and steps, past a flower-shaped audio device that crackles sutras. As for Po himself, there is Xian'er, ...

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First Published: Fri, April 29 2016. 00:06 IST