7th May 2020

12-month recap: Artificial Intelligence and the Catholic Church


Next up in our #MinistryOfTechnocracy mini-series blog we take a look at how the Catholic Church has been the driving force behind the relationship between humans and emerging technologies over the past 12 months.

We wouldn’t blame you for thinking these two things are completely dissonant; who knew the Pope cared about the relationship between humans and emerging technologies? But it’s true!

Sian Webster Head of Marketing

Artificial Intelligence and the Catholic Church

Cast your mind back 12 months and the Catholic Church were influencing robotic research, calling for stricter ethical standards on the development of artificial intelligence.

When it comes to AI and ethics, the Vatican were insistent on the following principles;

  • Transparency
  • Inclusion
  • Responsibility
  • Impartiality
  • Reliability
  • Security
  • Privacy

They also urged policy makers across the world to create new regulations on advanced technologies that have a higher risk of impacting human rights.

They have a point; many of us have seen the film iRobot… but where do we draw the line? Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, the creator of extremely humanlike robots wants to explore a world where we have the ability to turn ourselves into robots of any form but realises this is some several thousand years away. He sees a future where humans give robots their own rights, which was swiftly refuted by European groups who argued the simple fact that robots don’t have souls.

Fast forward 12 months and the Vatican has teamed up with tech giants IBM and Microsoft to propose AI regulations that protect people, aptly named ‘Rome Call for AI Ethics’. As for professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, we’re definitely some several thousand years away from ridding our bodies and transforming into smart fridges and drones alike.

Next Up: US Criminal System Automation…

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