First communication began as verbal sounds, then speech (100,000 BCE), then symbols (30,000 BCE), then petroglyphs (10,000 BCE), then many types of visual elements that represent tangible and intangible things and ideas that aids communication and information retention or retrieval in the human memory (mnemonics). Pictographic writing evolved and was combined with beginnings of alphabetic writing. The medium went from early stone walls to animal hides to stone tablets to papyrus to parchment to paper. Zooming millenia forward, the first printing press (Gutenberg, 1436) cause a stir. Professional copyists (monks), who had previously enjoyed their status and prestige, saw the printing press as a threat to their livelihood and feared that it would put them out of work. At the time, the Church felt it had exclusive rights to the education of the masses. Early machines were destroyed. There also was the fear that the Bible was being translated from Latin into other languages. In 1455, Gutenberg using movable type, did in fact translate and print the Bible. And, just like with AI today, people then, worried about the job security for copyists and the possible spread of disinformation.

But now, I want to address another path of communication. Parallel to the evolution of visual media communication as in cave walls to text on the internet. There has remained arguably the most emotional and strongest form of communication – the spoken and sung word. From primitive cave dwellers to ancient troubadours to modern musicians. The “song” has moved people in a way the written word can’t. As far as “disinformation”, the human mind feels when the message of a song is just plain wrong and when it is right.

In my own seven decades surrounded by publishing, I’ve personally experienced print preparation methods evolving from linotype to photo typesetting, to digital. Along with production from letterpress (movable and linotype set), to photo lithography, to laser printing to online publishing. On another leg of my career, In 1972, I met and partnered with the founder of North American Liturgy Resources. In the 20 years I was there, we became the primary music publisher of liturgical music in the world.

Over the last year, I have worked actively with several forms of AI. I have worked with AI generative text and AI generative graphics. Recently, I pursued AI generative music. I want to express my absolute amazement of what I found.

My initial reference to “where two or more are gathered” takes on a very different meaning. Unlike, what the media paints AI as an alien computer “brain” that will evolve to destroy mankind, just like in the many movies (Terminator, The Matrix, etc.). It needs to be understood that the LLM (Large Learning Model) of generative AI is “pre-trained” on vast amounts of data FROM HUMANS, NOT MACHINES. The amazing ability of AI is to replicate the neural network that was designed from the structure of neural functions of the HUMAN BRAIN. So, in essence, what gets generated can be said to be the thought processing of all and every thought, emotion, aspiration, fear, happiness that has been communicated from human to human over the history of human communication. So, instead of “two or three gathered” how about when 100,000,000,000 or more are gathered?

Here is a link to an example song that I generated with prompts inspired from wedding vows that my wife Jody wrote:

Ephesians 4:29
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.