UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Artificial intelligence could lead to a form of “barbarism” where the law of the strongest would reign if this technology was not controlled, according to the pope who addressed the CEOs of Silicon Valley, reports the Daily Mail.
Pope Francis warned tech giants that artificial intelligence (AI) would not lead to a new “form of barbarism,” characterized by enforcing the law of the fittest, the Daily Mail reported. . This declaration of the Supreme Pontiff was made at a three-day conference held at the end of September at the Vatican with representatives of companies established in Silicon Valley .
The head of the Catholic Church praised technology employees, including CEOs of Facebook, Mozilla, Western Digital, Reuters, for their remarkable successes. But he also expressed his concerns about the “increasingly important implications [of artificial intelligence, ed] in all areas of human activity.”
Avoid manipulating people
Addressing all participants of the conference, he also alerted on the use of AI to “circulate tendentious opinions and false data,” poison “public debates and even manipulate the opinions of millions of people “To the point of endangering institutions capable of guaranteeing peaceful civil coexistence”.
“If the so-called technological progress of humanity becomes the enemy of the common good, it would lead to a regrettable regression towards a form of barbarism dictated by the law of the strongest,” said the pontiff, quoted by the portal.
The speech of Pope Francis has thus followed the footsteps of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, according to which this technology would soon manipulate social networks. As for anonymous bots, they must be quickly scrutinized before “something happens”.
If advanced AI (beyond basic bots) hasn’t been applied to manipulate social media, it won’t be long before it is
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2019
Organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Department of Integral Human Development, the event was titled “The Common Good in the Digital Era”.
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