The Buddhist Monk Using Age-Old Wisdom to Shape Robotics

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Hisashi Taniguchi, president and CEO of ZMP.

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Hisashi Taniguchi took a sabbatical from developing software for driverless taxis and drones to pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple in western Japan. He shaved his head, donned black robes and studied to become the shrine’s leader.

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