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Pope Francis is the first pope to address the G7 summit and meet with Biden and world leaders

Pope Francis is the first pope to address the G7 summit and meet with Biden and world leaders

Pope FrancisThe first pope to attend A G7 summitLeaders of the world’s rich democracies urged Friday to preserve human dignity above all else in development and employment artificial intelligenceWarning that technology risks turning human relationships into mere algorithms.

Pope Francis meets with President Joe Biden during the G7 Leaders’ Summit on the second day of the 50th G7 Summit in Borgo Egnazia on June 14, 2024 in Fasano, Italy.

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Francis was invited by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, host of the summit, to address a special session on the risks and promises of artificial intelligence. He provides an ethical perspective on an issue that is increasingly on the agenda of international, government and corporate boardroom summits.

The Pope said politicians should take the lead in making sure Amnesty International It remains human-centric, so decisions about when to use Weapons – or even less lethal tools – are always made by humans, not machines.

“We will condemn humanity to a hopeless future if we deprive people of their ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives, by condemning them to depend on the choices of machines,” he said. “We need to ensure and protect space for appropriate human control over the choices made by AI programs: human dignity itself depends on it.”

Pope Francis standing with the G7 heads of state, Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Giorgia Meloni, Prime Minister of Italy; Joe Biden, President of the United States; Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan; Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and others at Borgo Egnazia on June 14, 2024 in Fasano, Italy.

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The Pope himself has also been the subject of AI-induced harm. Last year, when photos appeared online showing the 86-year-old pontiff unusually wrapped in an elegant white puffy jacket and a silver jeweled cross, they quickly went viral, garnering millions of views on social media platforms. the pictures It was an AI demo created using the AI ​​software Midjourney.

The spread of artificial intelligence and migration were among the main topics discussed by world leaders at the summit. After the session, the pope, in a wheelchair and dressed in white, met separately with the G7 leaders and was greeted with a round of applause, speaking with them for about 25 minutes.

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