Posts Tagged ‘Artificial intelligence’

US priest says ‘no place for AI in the synodal process’

Monday, May 8th, 2023
AI has no place

A priest in the US state of South Carolina has said “AI has no place in the synodal process,” responding to the Catholic Church in Asia’s use of artificial intelligence to create a document for use by the wider Church. Fr Jeffrey Kirby, a pastor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in South Carolina, Read more

Artificial Intelligence ‘could create religion of the future’

Monday, May 8th, 2023

The world could soon see the first religion that attracts devotees with sacred texts created by artificial intelligence, the historian Yuval Noah Harari said. The Israeli scholar, known for the best-selling book Sapiens, told a science conference that AI systems such as ChatGPT have breached a new threshold because they are capable of using language Read more

Amnesty International uses AI-generated images of Colombian human rights abuses

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Leading global human rights organization Amnesty International is defending its choice to use an AI image generator to depict protests and police brutality in Colombia. Amnesty told Gizmodo it used an AI generator to depict human rights abuses so as to preserve the anonymity of vulnerable protestors. Experts fear, however, that the use of the Read more

AI will increase inequality and raise tough questions about humanity

Monday, May 1st, 2023

On November 30 2022, OpenAI launched the AI chatbot ChatGTP, making the latest generation of AI technologies widely available. In the few months since then, we have seen Italy ban ChatGTP over privacy concerns, leading technology luminaries calling for a pause on AI systems development, and even prominent researchers saying we should be prepared to Read more

How AI’s threatens our economies, societies, and democracies

Thursday, April 27th, 2023

In six months, a year, or two, from now, the first wave of AI-made layoffs will hit the economy. A whole lot of execs, having figured out that a whole lot of people are beginning to use AI to do their jobs, are going to dispense with the middleman. They won’t care very much if Read more

Midjourney ends free trials amid controversy over fake images

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Midjourney ends free trials

Midjourney, the artificial intelligence (AI) image generator programme, has discontinued free trials after a series of fake images, including one of Pope Francis, went viral. Founder David Holz announced on his Discord channel, “Due to a combination of extraordinary demand and trial abuse, we are temporarily disabling free trials until we have our next improvements Read more

Artificial Intelligence: Theologians, philosophers and Catholic thinkers weigh in

Monday, February 20th, 2023
Artificial Intelligence

Like paper, print, steel and the wheel, computer-generated artificial intelligence is a revolutionary technology that can bend how we work, play and love. It is already doing so in ways we can and cannot perceive. As Facebook, Apple and Google pour billions into A.I. development, there is a fledgling branch of academic ethical study—influenced by Read more

AI ethics backed by Pope and tech giants in new plan

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The Roman Catholic Church has joined up with IBM and Microsoft to work on the ethics of artificial intelligence. Leaders from the two tech giants met senior church officials in Rome, and agreed to collaborate on “human-centred” ways of designing AI. Microsoft president Brad Smith admitted some people may “think of us as strange bedfellows” Read more

A.I. could bring a sea change in how people experience religious faith

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

The Michigan-based company Covenant Eyes markets itself to Christians who want to stop viewing pornography. Its software takes screenshots of a user’s screen activity, uses A.I. to scan it for pornographic imagery, and then sends regular reports to the user and a designated “ally” who has agreed to hold him accountable. The company’s name comes Read more

Silicon Valley must take care when developing AI

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Pope Francis is urging Silicon Valley giants to be careful when they’re developing new technologies. He’s not alone in his concern. Tech leaders like Elon Musk and Bill Gates are also taking a second look and reporting their concerns. Speaking at a Vatican conference on technology last week, Francis told his audience to make sure Read more