A church in Germany has built a robot priest to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The bot, a creation of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau, is able to deliver blessings to visitors in both male and female voices.
They’ve named their intelligent design the “BlessU-2” (such a disappointing name, might we at El Reg suggest: “Martin LuthOS,” “The Vicar of Dolby” or “St Francis of ASCII” as alternatives).
Along with providing Reg staff material for endless puns (our favorites include “blessed are the L337,” “HAL-9000 be thy name,” and “thy pingdom come, thy subroutine be done, on Earth as it is in firmware”), the robot seeks to ask some basic questions about the future of Christianity and the role technology could play.
The bless-bot is part of a larger installation called the Church of Light.