AI replaces church worship in Russia

By Phillipa Jaja

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is likely to replace church gatherings after a Russian state broadcaster revealed that over 35,000 people have sought divine intervention through an AI Jesus that preaches 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via Twitch live stream.

The origins of artificial intelligence may be dated to the middle of the 20th century, when computer scientists started to create algorithms and software that could carry out tasks that ordinarily need human intelligence, like problem-solving, pattern recognition and judgment.

According to Russia state-controlled media (RT), the digital deity is made in the bearded, Western European image of Jesus and speaks with soft gestures and in a calm voice, with an AI-generated mouth moving in alignment with its words.

Users are allowed to ask random questions, from silly to profound, and the AI bot will answer them in real-time applying biblical knowledge.

Twitch is an American video live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions, in addition to offering music broadcasts, creative content, and “in real life” streams. Twitch is operated by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.

A video clip shared by the broadcaster seen by this reporter shows the Al bot reciting the following dramatized version of the Lord’s Prayer.

Hey God you are up in heaven, your name deserves mad respect.
Bring your kingdom, let your will happen on earth as it does up there.
Give us our daily dose of bread and forgive us for slipping up as we also forgive those who slip around us.
Keep us from losing our way and protect us from the negative vibes.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.

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