- Nov 23, 2020
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 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 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.
The president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, told Pope Francis that a “human voice” was needed to speak up in the world of technology today.
At a major summit on child safety online hosted by Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University, representatives of major technology giants such as Facebook and Microsoft pledged their full commitment to fighting online abuse. Other participants, however, wondered whether, in light of the massive revenues generated by social media firms, more could actually be done.