Korean roboticists announced over the weekend that their industry had achieved yet another world first, as a droid officiated at a wedding south of Seoul. "Tiro" the robot priest/master-of-ceremonies joins an illustrious list of Korean machine pioneers, including the SGR-A1 sacrificial DMZ-guarding gun-bot and the new droid …
Robot priests for patrons with the minds of robots.
Surely a much safer proposition than a human priest with bi-curious urges?
Well they're the "Brother Caldwell" model... well they would be if they were male
Robot Ushers... Number Sixes.
Robot Guards... Chrome Toasters
Robot Spys... Boomer.
South Korea better be carefull, they've only eight models left to build!
Douglas Adams foresaw this one
He wrote about the Electric Monk in one of the Dirk Gently Books: "The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe."
I suppost the next step is that the bride and groom will be represented by some kind of proxy device.
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"If anyone knows of any reason why they may not lawfully marry, let them speak now or forever hold their peace."
"YOU HAVE TEN SECONDS TO COMPLY!"
Next up: Robot Bris!
Yes, it's the Mohel-tron 250 XT! It slices! It dices! And it can still cut a cherry like this....
cf. Scepticism Inc. by Bo Fowler
This opens up a whole can of worms - does this robot priest actually believe in God?
Or is it just programmed to? (much like most of the world's religious population).