AI scares the church and the Vatican
The Vatican and Santa Clara University have created an Institute for Technology, Ethics and Culture (ITEC). This institute, born of a collaboration with Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, aims to create “missionaries” to promote in-depth reflection on the impact of technology on humanity, bringing together leaders from various sectors of society.
A senior Church official, Father Brendan McGuire, who is an advisor to ITEC, said the idea was to use the Vatican’s convening power to bring together experts from around the world. The aim? To answer the deeper questions that arise as technology advances.
The creation of this manual, ITEC, is not intended to replace government regulation. As Father Brendan himself says, the manual is the “fruit of an unlikely cooperation”. Yet, despite the gigantic differences between the Vatican and Silicon Valley, it is important that we have found common ground in the field of technological ethics.
The Vatican has decided to become a leader in the field of AI, rather than a follower as it has been in the past.