Pope cautions of AI hazards

(MENAFN) Pope Francis made history as the first Catholic Church leader to address the G7 summit, where he delivered a solemn warning about the profound implications of rapid artificial intelligence (AI) advancements for humanity. Speaking to the heads of state from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy, the Pontiff described AI as both an "exciting and fearsome tool" that demands rigorous human oversight.

Highlighting the capabilities of AI algorithms to analyze numerical data but lacking the human capacity for wisdom and moral discernment, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of human decision-making. He stressed that even in the face of complex and urgent challenges, the ultimate responsibility for decisions must rest with individuals who possess the ability to consider ethical implications beyond mere data formalization.

The Pontiff expressed grave concerns about a future where human autonomy and dignity could be compromised if decisions about people's lives are entrusted solely to machines. He advocated for the creation of frameworks that prioritize human control over AI systems, asserting that safeguarding human dignity hinges upon ensuring that individuals retain the ability to make choices that shape their own destinies.

Pope Francis specifically called upon G7 leaders to take decisive action against the deployment of lethal autonomous weapon systems, arguing vehemently that machines should never possess the authority to determine the fate of human lives. His impassioned plea underscored the ethical imperatives and moral responsibilities associated with AI development, urging global leaders to legislate in a manner that upholds human dignity and preserves fundamental ethical principles in the face of technological progress.



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