We're exploring how Artificial Intelligence can be leveraged for Biblical research and study. It's been quite a journey, with numerous fascinating questions and challenging obstacles along the way, yet every step has been a rewarding learning experience.
I've been pleasantly inundated with interest and inquiries about the project, which is why I've decided to use this platform to answer some of your burning questions and introduce a space for us to collaborate.
I've created a forum at discourse.codywtucker.com where we can engage in robust discussion and share feedback. (If you have an account on this site, you'll be able to comment right away.) This also runs the comment section at the bottom of this page when reading through a browser.
Your questions not only enrich our collective understanding but also help me delve deeper into concepts, shedding light on facets I might otherwise overlook.
This project is aimed at creating an AI-powered tool for Bible study. It's something that, while deeply technical in nature, resonates with a deep, personal passion for me. I've poured my heart and soul into it and I'm excited to share this progress update with you.
An In-depth Dive into Questions
The best part of this journey has been the interaction with you, the readers. Your questions not only challenge me to think differently but also provide fresh perspectives that sometimes, I confess, I overlook. This goes to show that every individual has unique insights to offer. So, thank you! Your questions make this journey more insightful and rich.
Let's dive into some of the questions I've received recently, shall we?
1. Can AI Understand Ancient Languages?
Well, the thing about AI is that it doesn't understand things the way we do. Sure, it can see connections between separate languages, but it can't draw conclusions on its own. We've to guide it and fill in the gaps with the relevant information.
"We give it examples of how we want it to respond. Then it can find the relevant information easier because it knows what it's looking for to fulfill the example."
2. Can AI Connect Other Languages?
In a nutshell, yes, it's technically possible for AI to connect other languages like Semitic, Aramaic, and Greek. However, this poses some challenges - both in terms of functionality and accuracy. While we can teach AI new languages, the difficult part is instructing it on the intricate connections between different languages.
"One way I'd attempt to accomplish this: I'd create a separate AI agent fine-tuned on examples of Christian authors pointing out connections across different languages."
The question though is what happens when we try to spot these connections, and whether it could reinforce biases or lead to inaccurate interpretations.
3. What Translation Is the AI Agent Based On?
The first iteration was based on the King James Version (KJV), while the second iteration is grounded on the New International Version (NIV). Why NIV, you ask? It offers a 'thought for thought' translation, which seems to be a better fit for an AI conversational context.
However, I am open to hearing your thoughts on these choices and whether you feel other translations, like the New American Standard Bible (NASB) or English Standard Version (ESV), might be more appropriate.
4. How Do You Keep the AI from "Hallucinating"?
"AI hallucination" is a term that describes when an AI fabricates plausible yet incorrect information. To reduce this, the more information and training we can give to our AI, the better. And here's where you come in - your questions and interactions with the AI can significantly help in this regard!
5. How Will People Use This Tool?
Think of this tool as a topical narrative concordance. You could ask it for a study on love or fear, and it would respond with a biblical narrative explaining the context of the bible. For example, you could ask, "Explain how is God love, when we are supposed to fear him?"
6. Why Are You Doing This?
Ah, the million-dollar question! Honestly, I'm still in the dreaming stage of this idea, basking in its potential and the exciting opportunities it presents. My motivations are layered, much like an onion, but at its core is the aspiration to make a positive impact on people's spiritual journeys and spread the Word of God to those who might otherwise not touch a bible.
7. What Are Your Plans?
The goal is to get this tool to a stage where local pastors can interact with it and provide feedback. This feedback will help fine-tune the AI's responses, making it even more useful as a study aid. I also want to hear your thoughts on what else this tool could be used for!
8. How's It Going?
Good, I must say! Although it's clear that this is not a simple project, I am continually learning and growing. Currently, I am fixing some issues and refactoring the code that runs the AI agent.
Your Perspectives, Your Insights
One of the most valuable aspects of this journey has been the chance to hear different perspectives, which bring fresh insights and potential solutions to the table.
"Your passion for this project is palpable, but there's an underlying hint of uncertainty regarding your motivations."
True, there is some uncertainty, but it's the kind that leaves room for exploration and growth. It's the kind that pushes me to dig deeper into why this project is so important to me, unearthing motivations I might not have initially considered.
"Have you thought about the ethical implications? How would you navigate instances where the AI's response might not align with a user's personal beliefs or interpretations of scripture?"
Indeed, this is a crucial aspect to consider. Ethical implications must be acknowledged and addressed. We have to be mindful of potential discordances between the AI's responses and users' personal beliefs. This is where your feedback becomes pivotal!
Let's March Forward Together
In the end, this journey is about more than just developing an AI tool. It's about fostering a sense of community, engaging in thoughtful discussions, and growing together in our understanding of technology and faith.
This journey has made me reflect deeply on my motivations, pushing me to consider the potential ethical implications of this tool, and how to ensure its relevance and accessibility. It has also reinforced my passion for making a meaningful contribution to people's spiritual journeys.
So, let's keep this conversation going. Your thoughts, questions, and insights are not just welcome, they're crucial. Please do leave your comments, questions, and suggestions. Let's shape the future of AI in biblical research together.