Posts Tagged ‘AI’

Treatments tailored to you: how AI will change NZ healthcare

Monday, March 25th, 2024
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Imagine this: a novel virus is rapidly breaking out nationwide, resulting in an epidemic. The government introduces vaccination mandates and a choice of different vaccines is available. But not everyone is getting the same vaccine. When you sign up for vaccination, you are sent a vial with instructions to send a sample of your saliva Read more

Experts dismiss report AI could replace priests

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
AI could replace priests

Fr Alban McCoy OFMConv. is contesting the notion that AI could replace priests. McCoy, an editorial consultant at The Tablet, says the depth of the priestly role is beyond mere preaching. “To say that AI will replace priests suggests a very truncated, post-reformation and secularist view of what priests are and what they’re for, implying Read more

Vatican urges pause on lethal autonomous weapons

Thursday, September 28th, 2023
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The Holy See’s foreign minister addressed the UN General Assembly, calling for a halt to the deployment of lethal autonomous weapons systems. Archbishop Paul Gallagher joined a chorus of concerns raised by various speakers regarding artificial intelligence (AI). “It is imperative to ensure adequate, meaningful and consistent human oversight of weapon systems,” Gallagher said. “Only Read more

NZ Catholic bishops promote open informed life discussions

Thursday, September 28th, 2023
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In a significant move, the NZ Catholic bishops are promoting open and informed life discussion through a modernised and broadened document, Te Kahu o te Ora – A Consistent Ethic of Life. The modernisation seeks to fill a twenty-six-year gap and reflect some of the modern challenges. Dr John Kleinsman, director of the NZ Catholic Read more

AI: Could it turn us all into paperclips?

Monday, September 4th, 2023

A couple of months ago, I was at a dinner party with a professor of one of the hard sciences at Cambridge. The talk turned to AI, and he told us the following story. He had asked ChatGPT to write one of the essays that he sets his students. The result, he said, was a Read more

Magisterium AI promises to revolutionise Catholic academic research

Monday, August 28th, 2023
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Magisterium AI, a new programme using artificial intelligence (AI), is poised to revolutionise academic research in Catholic education. The US-based company Longbeard created the programme, which uses AI technology to provide users with information on everything relating to Catholic doctrine, teachings, and canon law. Drawing a parallel to the widely recognised ChatGPT AI, Magisterium AI Read more

Pope Francis calls for AI ethics free from violence and discrimination

Thursday, August 10th, 2023

Pope Francis wants the next World Day of Peace to focus on artificial intelligence’s impact, opportunities and dangers as the technology develops and influences a growing number of fields, from information to warfare. “Pope Francis calls for an open dialogue on the meaning of these new technologies, endowed with disruptive possibilities and ambivalent effects,” read Read more

Catholic universities must embrace AI

Monday, July 17th, 2023
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During a recent scientific conference, Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education, highlighted Catholic universities’ crucial role in embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI). In his address, Cardinal de Mendonça underscored the importance of Catholic universities taking the lead in innovation and actively engaging with emerging trends. The event, titled “Renewal Read more

AI and Chatbots; new media for communicating with the dead

Thursday, July 13th, 2023
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Carrie Rowell still misses the 7 a.m. phone calls from her father, who died six years ago. He would use her nickname, “Toots,” or ask, “Hey, babe, how’s your morning going?” “I would give anything to hear that again,” Rowell said. But interacting with a version of a departed loved one is now more accessible Read more

Te reo Māori threatened by AI

Monday, June 26th, 2023

ChatGPT seems to be taking over te reo Māori. The new artificial intelligence (AI) has academics and te reo speakers worried. The chatbot is a quick learner. Ever since its launch last November, ChatGPT has ‘learned’ to write in te reo. The quality is “scarily good”, says Waikato University’s Te Taka Keegan (pictured). But he Read more