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Southern Evangelical Seminary adopts robot

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Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews is a leader in Apologetics Ministry.

Now, they are adding science and technology studies to their school. The SES has been donated a $16,000 robot named NAO (pronounced "Now").

The goal for the school is to research into the ethics of technology and it's relationship with humans.

"We wanted to get a feel as to what the person's initial reactions were with the robot," professor Kevin Staley said.

Staley and the robot have become a team. The robot goes home with him while he works on all of the programming to prepare the robot for the studies. NAO has two cameras, four microphones and a number of sensors that have allowed it to face, voice track, look up information on the internet and even play sports and practice yoga.

The goal is simple.

"To gather more information as to what is at play with their interactions," Staley said. "What perspectives do they own, what religious backgrouds and preconceived notions do they bring when they're first meeting the robot."

The robot was donated to the seminary by someone wishing to remain anonymous to the public.


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