- The article raises an intriguing question – can robot preachers and AI programs truly replace human religious leaders, or will they undermine the credibility of religious groups? The study suggests robots are viewed as less credible sources of spiritual guidance versus human preachers. While some see potential, reduced donations indicate skepticism remains.
- The key finding is that robot preachers may undermine credibility and donations for religious groups relying on them instead of human leaders. Participants rated human preachers as more credible than robots, and donated less after hearing robot sermons. This highlights the importance of human religious leaders demonstrating faith and capacity for thought/feeling.
- Can robots/AI ever fully replace human religious leaders?
- Will reliance on robots reduce congregations’ commitment and donations?
- Do cultural differences affect receptiveness to robot preachers?
- $1 million to develop Mindar robot at Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan
- Partnership between Japanese robotics team and Kodai-Ji temple
Market Trends & Predictions:
- Expanding AI across professions, including into religious leadership roles
- Increasing use of robots and AI for sharing religious messages
- Potential declining donations and commitment as groups rely more on technology
- Mindar – humanoid robot delivering Buddhist sermons in Japan
- Pepper – humanoid robot tested at Taoist temple in Singapore
- Advanced AI programs writing Christian sermons
- Participants believe human preachers are more credible than robots
- But many open to idea of robot preachers – average 3.12/5 credibility
- Cultural differences may affect attitudes towards robot preachers
Call to Action or Further Reading:
- Full study: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/xge-xge0001443.pdf
- Robot preachers, AI programs may undermine credibility of religious groups, study finds
Publication and Author:
- American Psychological Association, by Joshua Conrad Jackson
- Joshua Conrad Jackson, University of Chicago researcher
- Mindar – humanoid robot preacher in Japan
- Pepper – humanoid robot tested in Singapore
- Kodai-Ji Buddhist temple