Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray that Robots remain good to mankind [Video]


  • For his November prayer intention, Pope Francis urged Catholics to pray that robots would advance the welfare of mankind, not the other way around.
  • The supreme pontiff warned that the widespread development of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) could promote more social division.
  • Earlier this year, the Vatican issued a guide for AI makers tilted ‘Rome Call for AI Ethics.’

According to a report, Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to pray that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) would “serve mankind” in lifetime and not step on its “dignity.”

During his prayer intention address this month, the Holy Father acknowledged the positive change that robotics could bring across the world, but also cautioned about the possible “inequalities” it could promote, The Verge reported.

“Artificial intelligence is at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing. Robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good. Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress,” Francis said.

“Future advances should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and of creation. Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind… we could say, may it ‘be human,’” he added.

The pope’s message was conveyed as a warning that the proliferation of robotics could result in higher unemployment, a global crisis that could advance the division among the wealthy and the poor.

Based on reports, there were some tech-advanced stuff that promoted “inequality” that include a flawed facial recognition algorithm where unjust arrests were made against black men and exam results that were reportedly biased versus students from marginalized groups.

The Vatican released a manuscript titled ‘Rome Call for AI Ethics’ earlier this year. It sought to promote six principles by which AI makers shall follow: transparency, inclusion, responsibility, impartiality, reliability, and security and privacy.

Source: New York Post

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