The Catholic Church was all powerful in the medieval period and before, the teachings of the Catholic Popes whose authority over religion resembled that of emperors over the physical world.
The great Martin Luther, who was born in Germany, began to question this and wondered if all of the things done by Catholic leaders could be justified.
Martin began to put his thoughts down onto paper and what became known as his 95 theses was nailed to the church door. The sale of indulgences was the one of the things that Luther questioned.
A payment meant that you could get one to excuse many lesser sins, such as thinking lustful thoughts about someone who was not your spouse. An indulgence was a payment to the Catholic Church that purchased an exemption from punishment or penance, for some types of sins, but excluding murder.
After 500 years since those early printing presses began to spread the news of Luther’s call of “95 Theses” in 1517, thereby challenging Catholic teaching and leadership for reform of the church, now we see that it is technology which is challenging religious tradition in the small German town of Wittenberg.
I’m five languages the robot “priest” delivers blessings and beams light from its hands and has been unveiled as part of an exhibition to mark the anniversary of the start of the Reformation. Our little technological “priest” is called BlessU-2, and is intended to trigger debate about the future of the church and the potential of artificial intelligence.