Sunday, June 16, 2024

Pope Warns of AI Dangers for Mankind; Humans Have a Heart in Making Decisions, AI Does Not

 Pope Francis has warned of the challenges the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) poses for mankind. 

AI is an "exciting and fearsome tool" that needs strict human oversight, the Pontiff told the leaders of Canada,France, Germany, Italy Japan, Britain, the U.S., and EU during a gathering at the Borgo Egnazia resort in the Italian city of Fasanoon June 14, the RT website reports today (June 16, 2024). 

The algorithms "can only examine realities formalized in numerical terms," while humans who have wisdom and can listen to Sacred Scripture "not only choose, but in their hearts are capable of deciding," he said. 

Itr is paramount "that decision--making, even when we are confronted with the sometimes dramatic and urgent aspects, must always be left to the human person," Pope Francis insisted. 

"We would condemn humanity to a future without hope if we took away people's ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives, by dooming them to depend on the choices of machines," he said. 

The pope urged a creation of "space for proper human control over the choices made by artificial intelligence programs,"stressing that "human dignity itself depends on it." 

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