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Artificial Intelligence Meets Bible Translation

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Computers are translating the literal Word of God. Are we okay with this?

Artificial intelligence has so many uses in today’s world. One of the more useful applications, and arguably one of the more controversial, is Bible translation. That’s right, AI is being used to translate the Bible into new languages. Rather than the man-made process that takes … well, decades, computers can shorten that decades-long process to mere months.

Is this a good idea? What does the process look like? What does quality control look like? All of these are great questions to ask Dan Whitenack, a data scientist with SIL International. SIL, among other things, is working to translate the Bible into languages that do not have their own Scriptures, and they’re using artificial intelligence to do it.

Is it working? What are they learning? Is this indicative of the end of the world? Let’s dig in to these and other questions on Metaverse Church NEXT.

Featured Guests

Daniel Whitenack
Daniel Whitenack
Co-Host, Practical AI Podcast

Featured Guests

Daniel Whitenack
Daniel Whitenack
Daniel Whitenack is a Ph.D. data scientist working with SIL International on natural language processing (NLP) and speech technology for local languages. He has more than 10 years of experience developing and deploying machine learning models at scale. Daniel co-hosts the Practical AI podcast and has spoken at conferences around the world (Applied Machine Learning Days, O’Reilly AI, QCon AI, GopherCon, KubeCon, and more). He occasionally teaches data science/analytics at Purdue University.

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Jeff Reed
In June 2000, Jeff led his first online Bible study, taking 75 people from around the world through the book of James using a text-based system called Ultimate BB. He was doing digital ministry way before it was cool. Founding THECHURCH.DIGITAL in 2018, Jeff’s passions have evolved into helping churches (and individuals too!) find their calling through digital discipleship, releasing people on digital mission, and planting multiplying digital churches. This pursuit will expand as Jeff (and others) create the DigitalChurch.Network, an organic, decentralized network for digital expressions of church, globally. Jeff also serves as the Director of Metaverse Church NEXT for Leadership Network, and works closely with Exponential and other globally facing, multiplication-friendly, gospel-centric organizations. Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Amy, and has two kids and a dog. They live in Miami, Florida.

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