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57th World Day of Peace to focus on ‘artificial intelligence and peace’

Years before the widely-popular release of the GPT-4 chatbot system, developed by the San Francisco start-up OpenAI, the Vatican was already heavily involved in the conversation of artificial intelligence ethics. (Photo: Blue Planet Studio / Shutterstock)

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announced that the 57th World Day of Peace will focus on "artificial intelligence and peace."

In a communiqué released on August 8, the dicastery noted the importance of underscoring the remarkable advances in artificial intelligence, which have "a rapidly increasing impact" on human life, politics, and the economy.

"Pope Francis calls for an open dialogue on the meaning of these new technologies, endowed with disruptive possibilities and ambivalent effects," wrote the dicastery. 

"He recalls the need to be vigilant and to work so that a logic of violence and discrimination does not take root in the production and use of such devices, at the expense of the most fragile and excluded: injustice and inequalities fuel conflicts and antagonisms," they also said.

The dicastery also stated that this theme was chosen in order to make an urgent invitation to all to use artificial intelligence in a responsible way and extend "ethical reflection" to the realms of education and law. 

This way, such technologies "may be at the service of humanity and the protection of our common home."

"The protection of the dignity of the person, and concern for a fraternity effectively open to the entire human family, are indispensable conditions for technological development to help contribute to the promotion of justice and peace in the world," said the dicastery.

The World Day of Peace was started by Pope Saint Paul VI in 1967 with the desire to give the Catholic Church a greater role in becoming an instrument of peace for mankind.-Luke Godoy


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