The Pray-O-Mat Booth Offers Instant Blessings

Created by German artist Oliver Sturm, the Gebetomat is a single-person structure modeled on a photo booth which offers hundreds of pre-recorded prayers in dozens of languages. These apparently have been popping up in Europe, most recently at the University of Manchester, where a Gebetomat was installed re-branded as a “Pray-O-Mat”. Just insert 50 eurocents and pick a selection from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or various indigenous faiths — whatever you need. This seem to harken to a future in which the devout will turn to robots for their doses religion. No word on the possible creation of a curses-on-demand automated hexing booth:

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11 Responses to The Pray-O-Mat Booth Offers Instant Blessings

  1. rus Archer July 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm #


    • Matt Staggs July 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Our Father, hallowed be thy name  – PLEASE INSERT FIFTY CENTS TO CONTINUE…

      • lifobryan July 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

        I’ll bet it’s like those annoying vending machines with the spiral dispensers. Your prayer almost makes its way out to God, but gets snagged at the end of the spiral & dangles there until you knock it loose by pounding on the machine. But by then the prayer is all crumbly, and unfit for Deity consumption.

    • BrianApocalypse July 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      This is how it starts… it was always unclear what exactly was going on in THX1138, why they were living underground etc… I once watched in while extremely tired and thought humanity had been enslaved by those robot police. It was fucking terrifying.

  2. jasonpaulhayes July 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Robots turning Humans into Robots?

    Montgomery Burns was quoted as saying “Excellent”.

  3. Redfalcon772000 July 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I’m still waiting for the jump to conclusions mat. :(

  4. BrianApocalypse July 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

     I demand Subgenius DLC,

  5. BuzzCoastin July 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    I think PK Dick already covered this in one of his novels
    can’t remember which one

    • BrianApocalypse July 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

       There was probably about 5 of them he covered it in.

  6. rus Archer August 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    it doesn’t have my religion

  7. Aegir maciver August 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    this is a 100% rip off from the book ‘Lord of light’ by Roger Zelazny

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