AI Jesus writes an inspired Bible verse


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AI found religion.

Or at least one quantum engineer and researcher has brought a little religion to his AI project.

George Davila Durendal fed the entire text of the King James Bible into his algorithms designed to produce Old Testament-style dialogue.

Durendal claimed that his project, AI Jesus, had learned and absorbed “every word more completely than any monk in any monasteries that ever existed”, offering a little Bible-style verse all its own.

AI Jesus has produced passages, totaling over 30,000 words, that can almost pass for the real thing, but not quite.

Durendal programmed AI Jesus to write passages on three topics: “The Plague”, “Caesar”, and “The End of Time”. Some might suggest that he had current world events in mind.

While the King James Bible contains such fluent verses as “Be sober, be vigilant, for your adversary the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he shall devour” (Peter 5:8) and “Ask, and the it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7), AI Jesus was a little less understandable.

“For I will fill the land which the LORD your God has given you for a time to eat up the strength of the LORD of hosts,” AI Jesus suggested. “Mighty and pious, and I have commanded the children of the world, and I will set my face against you, and you shall be called the people,” he said.

With over 2,500 versions of the Bible to choose from, Durendal selected the King James Version to train AI Jesus in vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. King James is the most popular and widely read English translation of all versions of the Bible.

AI Jesus “tries to replicate the style of the King James Bible without quite copying it,” Durendal said.

He acknowledged that AI Jesus was a bit abstract at some points and contained a number of grammatical errors.

To address these initial issues, Durendal tweaked his code and presented AI Jesus with three new topics to exhibit: “Blood”, “Greeks”, and “Wisdom”.

By tightening certain parameters of his program, he generated a text containing fewer errors. But it also lacked “the artistic flair and prophetic prose” of early renderings.

Durendal explained, “This order/random trade-off is a feature of AI language models. You can have a more interesting model that takes artistic liberties and produces some glitches. Or you can have more mundane, more technically proficient writing. . But not both.”

Jennifer Xue, a blogger at ProWritingAid, which focuses on AI and literature, wrote two years ago that AI is about to disrupt the publishing world.

“In theory, Big Data and data-driven analytics should be able to create the ‘perfect’ literature, which is both superior in literary quality and best-selling,” she said. “The authors need not worry for now, however. Scientists predict that they will still need two decades of development, as current algorithms lack ‘intuition’.

She continued, “All of these AI technologies, which include natural learning and machine learning, are based on features of human language that are broken down into quantifying readability, phonology, writing density, etc. These components can only be developed by real human beings with intuition, feelings and emotions.”

AI Jesus reminds us that human history is about to be written by non-humans.

To his credit, Durendal was able to gently poke fun at the less than stellar results of his AI writing project.

“At the very least, it’s an interesting way to impress or horrify your loved ones this holiday season,” he said.

As the Bible says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”

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