They have a soul: memorial services for robotic dogs are held in Japanese temples

In the Buddhist temple, there is quite a standard dirge: the smell of incense, a monk who reads the sutra. Only the dead at the ceremony are not quite ordinary. On this day, broken robots dogs are buried in the temple.

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Source: Daily Mail

Sony's AIBO is the world's first home-made robot dog equipped with artificial intelligence. The first generation of robotic pets was released in 1999, and the initial batch of three thousand dogs were sold in 20 minutes, despite the high price. The robot was equipped with a multitude of sensors, a camera and a microphone, and the last generation could even speak.

Sony stopped the release of robopses in 2006 due to high market competition. Now the owners, whose pets hopelessly broke, send them to the company FUN, so that they can become donors for those dogs that can still be fixed.But before that, the hosts escort their pets on their last journey.

On the altar in the temple lined up a line of more than a hundred robots. On each hangs a tag on which is written, from what family is this "dog." It may seem strange to you that the priest conducts a memorial service for non-living creatures, but the owners of robops consider that they have a soul.

For 70-year-old Hideko Mori, the demise of a robops was a real disaster. AIBO lived in her house for about eight years, and the woman was always sure that it was much more convenient than having a real dog.

“He should not be fed, he does not pee. In fact, he simply raises his hind paw and makes an indescribably beautiful jingle. I never thought that he would not be. ”

In May 2017, AIBO just stopped moving. Concerned woman wrote to the company Sony, where she was asked to contact the FUN. And there the dog was put on its feet for two months.

"I was so happy that he returned home healthy."

The 61-year-old employee of the company says that the owners of robots consider him more a doctor than an engineer, because the word “repair” is not very appropriate in this matter.

"For AIBO owners, these robots are not a technique, but a real member of the family."

The main problem in the repair of robots - time. “Treatment” can take weeks or even months due to a lack of spare parts. Dozens of AIBOs are now “hospitalized” and are waiting for their turn. The only source of spare parts was the "dead" robots that become donors, but only after the ceremony in the temple. Employees of FUN say that they do not disassemble robots into parts before the dirge. After the ceremony, the soul of the pet returns to the owners, and the roboopes become an ordinary machine, and then you can begin the work.

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