Our Latest Vision
This project will be incredibly transformational for Sikhs across the world. We will be providing users with the tools to ask questions that they have and to get answers inspired completely by Gurbani. We all often have questions in our mind we want answered - where it’s something that is happening in our lives or maybe we just need some advice on a life event. Sometimes we feel we have nowhere to ask these questions anonymously. With the Hazoor app, your deepest questions can be asked privately to get answers instantly with Gurbani to help guide you.
How Does It Work?
Let’s say you have a question such as “What happens to my soul after I die?” but are not sure where to even begin looking for the answer or how to go about asking it. Even if you don’t speak Punjabi or Gurmukhi, our Gurbani Chat Bot would make it possible for you to ask your questions and based on Natural Language Processing (NLP), our application will automatically recommend certain shabads to you, and highlight the context that applies to your specific question.
But there is more to this. We are building the next generation of Sikh-orientated apps and tools based on cutting edge technology that includes artificial intelligence and machine learning. We will be able to learn a lot from user behavior and patterns, and also improve the experience of other products whilst keeping the privacy and anonymity of the individual.
Bots are everywhere. You are probably already using many of them even at your home. Think about Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, perhaps your thermostat or even your fridge. You might have interacted with one at some point recently where you were speaking to a bot that responded and sounded like a real human. However, the responses you were being provided were by a bot, based on conversational AI that includes machine learning and NLP capabilities.
Our inspiration to build the Hazoor app comes from the emergence of chat bots over the past several years. We have the most user data for Sikhs and the largest, most accurate digital Gurbani database ever created that continues to evolve daily.
SikhiToTheMax is one of the most popular Gurbani websites as well as being the most popular Sikh desktop application. One of the capabilities missing today is precisely what we are trying to build with the Gurbani Chat Bot. Data suggests that users are looking for direct answers to their questions. Current Sikhi apps and websites are not setup to answer these types of searches, unless they are an FAQ-type database - but even these don't have the capability to answer such questions directly.
This app will also allow us to connect non-Sikhs and non-Punjabis with Gurbani who may have felt they had not have access before.
How Can You Help?
Donors can be a huge help towards this project as funding this project can help make this a reality and a success. By donating, you'll be able to help many people get questions on their mind answered in a safe space. This will be crucial for people who are researching, confused, need directions or a little help.
How Will Funds Be Used?
We will be using funds to employ a dedicated engineer, designer and a data analyst to work on this product over a six-month period. This will be an ongoing development effort and improvements will be released overtime. Funding from this project will also be used towards building the infrastructure required to host the data and models to serve responses based on "Natural Language Processing" (machine learning).
Khalis Foundation employees a teams of paid staff located in places like the United States, India (Punjab, Delhi) Australia and Canada, and we have volunteers located globally.
Entire cost of the project will be excess of $50,000 USD but will be offset by volunteer contributions towards the technology and research.