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Pope Francis Prays for Good AI


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Pope Francis at his general audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis at his general audience at the Vatican in October 2020.

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For his monthly intention in November, Pope Francis prayed that AI will be beneficial for humanity.

"Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind . . . we could say, may it 'be human,'" states the intention for November, published by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.

AI and robotics "can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good," the Pope said. "Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress."

Pope Francis has previously ventured into the territory of AI ethics. In February, the Vatican hosted executives from IBM, Microsoft, FAO, and the Italian government for a summit on "human-centered" AI design. They released the "Rome Call for AI Ethics," which called for AI to be designed with a focus on the good of the environment and "our common and shared home and of its human inhabitants."

From Axios
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