- Apr 11, 2021
Representatives of the Vatican and several major tech companies have expressed a common conviction that the heightened dependence on technology amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has opened the door to innovations in artificial intelligence aimed at solving the world’s most pressing issues.
As part of its ongoing collaboration with two of the world’s leading developers of AI software, the Pontifical Academy for Life will launch a new joint project looking at ethical ways artificial intelligence can be used to guarantee food security.
A child psychologist and member of the Pontifical Academy for Life has said that the coronavirus has opened up new opportunities for the tech world, including artificial intelligence, to meet the needs of the disadvantaged.
Given the huge impact technology and artificial intelligence will have on humanity and the environment, the Pontifical Academy for Life is seeking to foster more ethical and moral reflection.
As the digital age enters a new phase of technological advancement with the ushering in of an era of artificial intelligence, top representatives of major tech giants and the Vatican have joined voices in calling for a clear system of ethics to guide developments as they happen.
The use of artificial intelligence in science and medicine must be guided by ethical standards that place humanity and the pursuit of the common good first, Pope Francis said.
The Pontifical Academy for Life has invited the leaders of Microsoft and IBM — two of the world’s leading developers of AI software — to sign a charter calling for an ethical framework and guidelines for the field of artificial intelligence.
Brian Patrick Green is an expert on Artificial Intelligence (AI), and told Crux the Church’s moral voice is needed as new technology faces ethical challenges.