It was just a matter of time.
According to the Daily Mail Online, there’s a new preacher in town, and this one is likely very different from the one you see each Sunday morning at your local house of worship.
This preacher is neither male nor female…because this preacher is not even human.
This preacher is a robot – a robot that answers to the name “BlessU-2.”
BlessU-2, presently being displayed in Wittenberg, Germany, is programmed to dole out blessings in a variety of languages, and beam lights from its hands.
As described by the Daily Mail, the robot first welcomes a user, and then asks if they would prefer to be blessed by a male or female voice. Next, the user is asked to choose a blessing, and once they’ve made a selection, the robot raises its arms upward and smiles.
After that, lights flash in the mechanical preacher’s arms, at which point it says, “God bless and protect you,” and then recites verse from the Bible. Once finished, the user has the option to print the blessing from the robot.
According to Sebastian von Gehren, spokesman for the evangelical church presently featuring the robot, “It is an experiment that is supposed to inspire discussion.”
However, Von Gehren added, “The machine should not replace the blessing of a pastor. In the future there will not be a blessing robot in every church.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large