A former computer science student turned finance intern, Nils Gulbranson, saw an opportunity with the release of Chat GPT to create a resource that he wished he had when he was a young evangelical Christian in Minnesota. Around three months ago, at the age of 23, he embarked on building Biblemate.io, a platform he calls a “Christian ChatGPT.” This platform aims to assist inquiring minds seeking biblical answers to life’s challenging questions.
National Catholic Register reports:
(RNS) — From a very young age, Nils Gulbranson remembers asking a lot of questions during Bible studies. Gulbranson describes spending his free time as a teen googling Christian scholars’ views on different topics, digging through sermons and scouring YouTube videos until he found satisfying answers.
With the release of Chat GPT, the former computer science student turned finance intern saw an opportunity to build the resource he wished he’d had as a young evangelical Christian in Minnesota. About three months ago, Gulbranson, 23, started work on Biblemate.io, a “Christian ChatGPT” to help interrogative minds who are looking for biblical answers to life’s difficult questions.
“The big difference from ChatGPT is that it’s a model grounded in a biblical and theological view of the world,” Gulbranson, now a finance intern in Boston, said about his version of the chatbot, which relies on an ever-growing database of sermons, books and academic articles to inform the answers it offers.
Gulbranson envisions several valuable applications for Biblemate.io within a church setting. Pastors can utilize the platform for conducting in-depth research while preparing their sermons, and church volunteers can benefit from it when creating Bible study guides. Furthermore, the platform can cater to curious teenagers, just like Nils once was, who seek to explore their faith more profoundly.
Gulbranson sees a number of uses for Biblemate.io in a church context: for pastors doing sermon research, for church volunteers drafting a Bible study guide, for curious teens like he once was who want to go deeper in youth group. But he also hopes non-Christians will use the chatbot for their questions about God. He pointed to one of his favorite features, the “explain to me like I’m 5? tool.
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