Pope Francis speaks out on dangers of AI months after computer-generated ‘drip’ pic of him went viral

Published on Aug 10, 2023 at 12:13 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Aug 11, 2023 at 10:43 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Pope Francis speaks out on dangers of AI months after computer-generated ‘drip’ pic of him went viral

Remember the AI image of a swagged-out Pope Francis that went viral?

A few months may have passed since it surfaced, but the Pontiff has now spoken out.

Not specifically about the picture, but about the potential risks and perils associated with AI.

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Ahead of the 57th World Day of Peace, Pope Francis highlighted the need for global contemplation regarding the profound implications of AI.

As head of the Catholic Church, the bishop of Rome and sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis’ life has been dedicated to his religion.

He can therefore be forgiven for being unfamiliar with technology.

But despite not being tech savvy, Pope Francis warned against the “disruptive possibilities and ambivalent effects” that AI introduced into our lives.

He stressed the necessity for vigilance against the development of AI technologies that could perpetuate violence and discrimation, particularly at the expense of marginalized communities.

“The urgent need to orient the concept and use of artificial intelligence in a responsible way, so that it may be at the service of humanity and the protection of our common home, requires that ethical reflection be extended to the sphere of education and law,” a message released by the Vatican read.

The Pope’s not the only one to speak out about AI, though.

Tech moguls like Geoffrey Hinton, Elon Musk, and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have expressed their concern.

They have also advocated for a slowdown in the advancement of AI systems “more powerful” than OpenAI’s GPT-4.

Warren Buffet also expressed doubts about OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

The business magnate and investor even likened it to the invention of the Atom Bomb.

Tech heavyweights including Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Meta Platforms have pledged to adhere to a set of voluntary guidelines aimed at mitigating AI-related risks.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.