He too wears a golden robe and sings chants. Standing at just over half a metre tall, Xian’er is the product of a collaboration between Longquan temple on the outskirts of Beijing, a technology company and local universities specializing in artificial intelligence. The robot is based on a character first designed by artists at the temple’s…

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  • The Ohioan

    My mom used to say “Sometimes I think I’ve lived too long” when some particularly strange oddity popped up in the modern culture. I’m beginning to understand her thinking.

    It wouldn’t even take a tank to dispose of this little gremlin if the authorities become concerned.