Pope to attend G7 summit to discuss AI

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This is the first time a pope will participate in the inner workings of a G7 summit.


Pope Francis will attend the G7 for the first time, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced in a video message. The Italian-led summit will be held from June 13 to 15 in Borgo Ignazia, Puglia. The Pope's participation was then confirmed by the Holy See.

Maloney, who currently heads the G7, is hosting a June 13-15 summit of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United States.

In a video statement, Maloney said Francis will be the first pope to attend the G7 summit and will participate in a session dedicated to artificial intelligence at his invitation.

“The G7 will face what many consider, and not wrongly, to be the greatest anthropological challenge of the age, namely the advent of artificial intelligence, a technology that could create great opportunities but which It brings with it enormous benefits as well as risks, as inevitably affects the global balance,” Maloney said.

Maloney: 'A challenge that cannot be faced alone'

Francis has called for an international agreement to ensure that AI is developed and used ethically, and devoted his annual peace message to the topic this year.

“Our commitment is to develop governance mechanisms to ensure that artificial intelligence is human-centered and human-controlled, that is, that it puts the person at the center and that person has the ultimate control,” Maloney explained. Make goals,” Maloney explained.

Artificial intelligence has captured the world's attention thanks to the development of innovative systems like OpenAI's ChatGPT, which has amazed users with its ability to generate human-like text, images and songs.

But the technology has also raised concerns about the threats that rapidly developing technology poses to jobs, privacy and copyright protection, and human life itself.

“This is a challenge that none of us can imagine facing alone and I believe that the moral and intellectual reflection developing in this area must be best appreciated”. Maloney said in his video address on Friday.

“I sincerely thank the Holy Father for accepting Italy's invitation. His presence brings dignity to our nation, to the entire G7,” the Italian prime minister added.

“This is the first time in history that a Pope is participating in the work of the Group of Seven. The Holy Father will do so in a session that is open not only to G7 members but also to invited countries.”

'Protection of human dignity is essential'

The comments about the Pope's participation in the G7 came from Paolo Benanti, theologian, president of the Italian government's AI Commission for Information and the only Italian member of the UN Committee on Artificial Intelligence.

“The invitation to the Pope as a charismatic man, but also as a person who interprets a tradition, which is the millennial wisdom of the Church, points out to everyone the fact and shows that What is needed, Benanti said, is a universal and imperative approach to protecting human dignity in this era of hyper-advancement of machines.

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