Pope warns against potential dangers of AI

Pope Francis on Tuesday called for a global reflection on the potential dangers of Artificial Intelligence, AI, noting the new technology’s disruptive possibilities and ambivalent effects.

Francis, 86, said in the past he does not know how to use a computer, issued the warning in a message for the next World Day of Peace of the Catholic Church, falling on New Year’s Day.

The Vatican who released the message well in advance, as it is customary recalled the need to be vigilant and to work so that logic of violence and discrimination does not take root in the production and use of such devices, at the expense of the most fragile and excluded.

“The urgent need to orient the concept and use of artificial intelligence in a responsible way, so that it may be at the service of humanity and the protection of our common home, requires that ethical reflection be extended to the sphere of education and law”, the Pope stated.

Back in 2015, Francis acknowledged being “a disaster” with technology, but he has also called the internet, social networks and text messages “a gift of God”, provided that they are used wisely.

In 2020, the Vatican joined forces with tech giants Microsoft and IBM to promote the ethical development of AI and call for regulation of intrusive technologies such as facial recognition.

Credible News reports that AI is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. Specific applications of AI include expert systems, natural language processing, speech recognition and machine vision.

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