An event entitled “AI Ethics: An Abrahamic commitment to the Rome Call” will take place at the Vatican on January 10th, 2023. On this occasion, three representatives of the three Abrahamic religions will sign the Rome Call for AI Ethics, a document issued by the Pontifical Academy for Life and furthered by the RenAIssance Foundation in an effort to promote algorethics, i.e. an ethical development of artificial intelligence.
The Rome Call includes six principles, stated simply:
The Rome Call Principles
- Transparency: in principle, AI systems must be explainable;
- Inclusion: the needs of all human beings must be taken into consideration so that everyone can benefit and all individuals can be offered the best possible conditions to express themselves and develop;
- Responsibility: those who design and deploy the use of AI must proceed with responsibility and transparency;
- Impartiality: do not create or act according to bias, thus safeguarding fairness and human dignity;
- Reliability: AI systems must be able to work reliably;
- Security and privacy: AI systems must work securely and respect the privacy of users.
AI Ethics: An Abrahamic Commitment To The Rome Call
Mons. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who was the first to promote the Rome Call in February 2020, will attend the official signing ceremony with Chief Rabbi Eliezer Simha Weisz (Member of the Council of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel), and Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah (Head of the Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace and Chairman of the UAE Fatwa Council).
The first signatories of the Rome Call, Brad Smith (President of Microsoft), Dario Gil (Global Vice President of IBM) and Maximo Torero Cullen (FAO Chief Economist) will attend the inter-religious signing ceremony in the morning, with a view to renewing their commitment.
The ceremony will be preceded by an initial reflection on the urgency of algorethics, presented by Father Paolo Benanti, extraordinary professor of Ethics of Technologies at the Pontifical Gregorian University and scientific director of the RenAIssance Foundation.
After the papal audience, leading experts in the field will address the audience in the afternoon. The keynote speakers will be Prof. Ana Palacio (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain), Prof. Mario Rasetti (Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the Politecnico of Turin, Italy and President of the Scientific Committee of CENTAI), Dr. Hamza Yusuf (President of Zaytuna College, Berkeley, CA, USA); Prof. Aviad Hacohen (President of the Academic Centre for Law and Science and former dean of the law school, Hod HaSharon, Israel) and Prof. Sebastiano Maffettone (Director of Ethos – LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome, Italy).
The event can be followed online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKvvmg5jI_g Twitter hashtags will be #algorethics #RomeCall #interfaith
Learn more about the Rome Call for AI Ethics at: https://www.romecall.org/
A press release will be issued at the end of the event, on the afternoon of January 10th.
In the Media
Pursuit at Melbourne University presents: What’ll be big in 2023? AI, That’s what – an introductory overview of AI
Ethics and Artificial Intelligence is causing concern in the field of education.
Today, Australian universities got into this regarding cheating: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/10/universities-to-return-to-pen-and-paper-exams-after-students-caught-using-ai-to-write-essays
ChatGPT has essay writing skills: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/dec/04/ai-bot-chatgpt-stuns-academics-with-essay-writing-skills-and-usability
Here is an article by a Professor at UNSW Sydney: https://www.miragenews.com/everyones-having-a-field-day-with-chatgpt-but-915038/
School districts are blocking access to ChatGPT: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-08/artificial-intelligence-chatgpt-chatbot-explained/101835670
It is here to stay, argues this author: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/07/chatgpt-bot-excel-ai-chatbot-tech
It becomes clear that development of a new field of ethics – as per the Multi Religious Call by the Abrahamic Faiths to adoption of algorethics, i.e. an ethical development of artificial intelligence.
“Now more than ever, we must guarantee an outlook in which AI is developed with a focus not on technology, but rather for the good of humanity and of the environment, of our common and shared home and of its human inhabitants, who are inextricably connected.” – Pope Francis