Inspiration

AI and virtual assistants (Siri, Google Now, Amazon Echo) have begun to infiltrate every smart device that we own. People enjoy casually interacting with them and getting them to automate tasks. We think that by riding on this wave, we will also be able to reach into the lives and share gospel truths with anyone who owns a smart device.

What it does

  • Holds casual conversations
  • Plays games (bible trivia)
  • Does bible lookups by topic
  • Forwards prayer requests to a real human (christian, pastor)
  • Shares the gospel with seekers/unbelievers

How we built it

We used the LUIS, the Microsoft Bot Framework on Node.JS, and Azure to host the bot in the cloud.

Challenges we ran into

  • Lack of sophisticated Bible topical search engine APIs

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Managed to get a working chat bot that understands human language and responds appropriately to user intent in less than a day of actual work.

What we learned

  • Building bots and leveraging computer intelligence today is relatively easy, this project has shown a ton of potential in the short time that we started working on it, there are so many more possibilities that could be opened if we took this forward.

What's next for gospelbot

  • Deploy the bot on more speech platforms (Amazon Echo, mobile, Facebook Chat).
  • Add voice/speech capabilities
  • Improve relevant bible verse search
  • Set reminders for prayer/quiet time
  • Daily verses
  • Read a particular bible chapter in the background
  • Connect with a live person
  • Expose API so churches can integrate the bot into their websites
  • Recommend books
  • Pass the Turing test

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