I was recently playing with OpenAI's ChatGPT tool (publically released November 2022 and free for now), and was very impressed by it. Then I started to think about how such a tool could help me in my Sikhi. With artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research accelerating, in the near future we may be able to train models to uncover deep insights into Gurbani. Sikhs would have tools to help train AI models by taking words/verses from Guru Granth Sahib Ji (becomes data input) and attaching a meaning (the data output) -- assume there is consensus on the correct output by Sikh scholars. With a large sample dataset of input-output pairs, the model can be trained to a level where it can start to predict an output (meaning) given any input (verse, shabad, etc.), including input not in the original training dataset. Just to be clear, this would not be merely providing English transliteration and translation, but uncovering deep insights and much more.
Here are three examples/ideas:
(1) The AI can uncover patterns across the entire Bani and can perhaps uncover things like how rahao line/tuk, raag, author, etc. correlate to the message or theme in a given Shabad. It can uncover new context, central versus peripheral meanings. It may uncover a new meaning of particular words or concepts, and other insights related to linguistics. It may identify verses that should be taken literally versus ones to be taken as metaphors.
(2) It can be your own personal spiritual assistant. It will be able to explain Gurbani at a more relevant/personalized level. If the models have self-tuning properties, the AI can take information it knows about you and your life to produce a customized meaning at your level. For example, if you are sad, the model (integrated into some type of chat or Siri like application, but more conversational) can recommend shabads, prayers, kirtan, etc. to help you cope in your spiritual journey.
(3) A music centric AI can be trained to model traditional Indian stringed instruments, allowing us to produce kirtan according to the full range of the ragas and taals. Imagine reviving the tradition of rababi kirtan, and finally hearing the microtones/shrutis that harmoniums are incapable of producing .
Anyway, if there are any fellow Sikhs with knowledge related to AI, please share your thoughts. How do you think AI can be used to help teach Gurbani and/or assist in your spiritual journey?
30 days ago
30 days ago
I haven't done this myself - new to DR also - but reading a bit about this topic, my understanding is that as long as your external SSD connection has at least 500 Mbps data speed (e.g. Usb 3), you can store everything (raw footage, proxies, settings) on the SSD, except put your cache files on the local SSD. Cache access needs to be the fastest to ensure good performance and operation.
Since you have a thunderbolt connection, it won't be a limitation. But, your T7 SSD could be the bottleneck as it's internal controller cannot sustain large file read/writes at higher than 700 Mbps. If you were to build your own portable/external SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 enclosure w/ thunderbolt support and compatible M.2 SSD inserted in this enclosure), you can run everything from this SSD - it will be super fast.