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Kenny Jahng: What Church Leaders Need To Know About AI

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Kenny Jahng is an entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and former pastor. He is the editor-in-chief of ChurchTechToday.com, founder of AiForChurchLeaders.com, and founder of Big Click Syndicate, a strategic marketing advisory firm helping Christian leaders build marketing engines that work.

Joining Ed in this week’s conversation is Steele Billings. Steele is a technologist who currently leads Gloo’s AI & the Church initiative, which includes a $25 million fund that invests in faith-driven organizations leading research and development around the responsible use of AI in ministry.

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Other Podcasts in This Series

Mihretu Guta: How the Church Should Respond to the Ethical Dangers of AI” by Jessica Lea on ChurchLeaders
Yvonne Carlson: How To Use AI Effectively in Your Ministry” by Jessica Lea on ChurchLeaders

Key Questions for Kenny Jahng

-What are the different types of AI and why do they matter? 

-What are some of the ethical dangers of AI for church leaders?

-Why is it important for the church to be involved in technological innovation?

-How can ministry leaders use AI? What are some mistakes they should avoid?

Key Quotes From Kenny Jahng

“At the end of the day, that’s what the whole promise of AI is, is that AI is going to help ministries scale personal relationships with technology.”

“We’ve had AI baked into our lives for years and years and years, whether you’ve already been using GPS or Google autocomplete in searches or Netflix queue or an Amazon recommendation feed…all that stuff is behind the scenes. And what this latest version, which we’re calling ‘generative AI’ is, is basically taking all that brainiac AI machine learning and then adding on top of that a layer called ‘natural language processing.’”

“Now, instead of having to learn code or again, be a nerd, you really could just use plain English or any other language and talk to the machine as if you and I are in Starbucks and asking a question.”

“What’s so interesting about this development, this innovation front that we’re calling generative AI, is it’s not industry specific. It’s not just for accountants, it’s not just for law.”

“This AI technology hallucinates, as we say. It doesn’t actually give back factual information all the time. Sometimes it’s off, sometimes it’s wrong, and it says it with confidence.”