Church’s social teaching can help AI serve the common good

epa08212537 Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience in the Nervi Hall at the Vatican, 12 February 2020. EPA-EFE/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

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In the newly emerging discipline of “the ethical development of algorithms” or more simply “algor-ethics”, a critical contribution can be made by the principles of the Church’s social teaching, namely the dignity of the person, justice, subsidiarity and solidarity, according to a report on Vatican News.

The Pope made the remark on Friday in a message that was read to participants in a workshop titled, “The ‘Good’ Algorithm? Artificial Intelligence: Ethics, Law, Health”, organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican, February, 26-28.

The Vatican also released voluntary guidelines for the development and use of artificial intelligence technology, with U.S. tech giants IBM and Microsoft among the first signatories.

“In order for AI to act as a tool for the good of humanity and the planet, we must put the topic of protecting human rights in the digital era at the heart of public debate,” said the “Rome Call for AI Ethics,” to be presented during a conference at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life.

POLITICO reports that the release comes as both the U.S. and the European Union are moving forward with regulation for AI.

Via Politico / Vatican News

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