Buddhist funeral for robot dogs

❝ A mass funeral has been held for 114 of sony‘s out-of-production aibo robot dogs in japan. the dogs were commemorated in isumi’s historic kofukuji buddhist temple in the chiba prefecture.

A tag was placed with each dog describing its owners and place of origin, the japan times reports. like a traditional japanese funeral incense smoke was wafting, a priest chanted a sutra and prayers for the peaceful transition of the souls were made.

❝ Sony unveiled a new version of aibo in january, featuring artificial intelligence and internet connectivity. the released followed the company’s decision to discontinue the robot in 2006. despite this new release sony has chosen not to resume repairs on its old models.

The priest leading the ceremony said “all things have a bit of soul”.

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