Robot Ministers?

By on February 20, 2014

Several new stories have been circulating lately about the increase in using robots for weddings.

Robots are being used as ring bearers, physical avatars for absent attenders, and, yes, even ministers.

While many of the robots seem to look home-built or of lower quality this video shows a Japanese wedding with a spiffy, female-sounding model.

While the trend of having robots involved in weddings isn’t any real issue, the thought of a robotic minister is truly bothersome.


I guess this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Ministers over the years have been little more than props in the elaborate pageantry of the modern, pinterest-fueled weddings.

There was a time when weddings were holy moments and the minister present represented the Lord. Now, the officiant is little more than a technicality; a role that could just as easily be filed by anyone willing to get ordained online in two minutes.

Even given this societal shift, this trend of a robotic minister seems like a new low. Now, we don’t even need a person with a pulse. A puppet or a trained parrot could suffice as well.

I’m not anti-robot or against progress in general. I’ve been waiting for my personal droid to arrive since 1977. It’s just that some things require a human touch and performing a wedding is one of them.

What do you think?


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