Preaching-AI is a research project aiming to understand the intersection of technology and religion, particularly how humans interact with artificial inteligence (AI) avatars in this context. With the popularization of AI generative approaches, several helpful applications have been emerging. One of them is the generation of videos of AI avatars. A particular case is making an avatar speak about a specific theme under a set of constraints. Preaching is an interesting application in this scenario for a number of reasons:
Given the speed of the advances in AI technology, Preaching-AI is a participative project from the ground up. Help us understand your experience with AI-generated sermons. Your insights will contribute to this research project and will help the development of future tools to improve religion practice through technology. Please fill the following 3-min questionnaire.
We choose Christian preaching as a pilot case study based on religion demographics. In this case we provided the following prompt for the text-generating AI:
"Create the script for a 45 seconds to 1 minute video with a Christian evangelistic preaching to the general public. It should be theologically flawless, centered into how Christ is the way to a better life near God. It should also be tranquilizing, soothing, a good message for the heart. It should end with a small prayer asking for blessing for the audience."
The following videos are the results generated by the Preaching-AI pipeline.