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Pope Francis calls at G7 for ban on ‘lethal autonomous weapons’

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Pope Francis speaks throughout a working session on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Energy, Africa-Mediterranean, on day two of the fiftieth G7 summit at Borgo Egnazia, southern Italy, on June 14, 2024
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Pope Francis known as on June 14 for a ban on “lethal autonomous weapons”, when he addressed the G7 leaders’ summit in Italy on the perils of synthetic intelligence.

“In light of the tragedy that is armed conflict, it is urgent to reconsider the development and use of devices like the so-called ‘lethal autonomous weapons’ and ultimately ban their use,” the Pope mentioned.

“This starts from an effective and concrete commitment to introduce ever greater and proper human control. No machine should ever choose to take the life of a human being,” he mentioned.

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Pope Francis, the primary head of the Catholic Church to ever attend a Group of Seven summit, has repeatedly denounced the arms business and people he says revenue from wars and dying.

AI is already getting used on the battlefield and its transfer into fashionable warfare is elevating considerations concerning the dangers of escalation and the position of people in choice making.

AI has proven itself to be sooner however not essentially safer or extra moral, and the event of weapons programs that might kill with out human intervention poses moral and authorized challenges.

Pope Francis instructed the leaders gathered within the southern Italian area of Puglia: “Artificial intelligence (is) at the same time an exciting and fearsome tool.”

“We would condemn humanity to a future without hope if we took away people’s ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives, by dooming them to depend on the choices of machines,” he warned.

The G7, which brings collectively Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, mentioned on Friday that AI “can play a crucial role in promoting progress and development in our societies”.

“We recognise the impact of AI on the military domain and the need for a framework for responsible development and use,” the leaders mentioned in a draft assertion seen by AFP.

At a strategic stage, AI will produce fashions of battlefields and suggest how to answer assaults, possibly even together with the usage of nuclear weapons.

“We need to ensure and safeguard a space for proper human control over the choices made by artificial intelligence programs: human dignity itself depends on it,” Pope Francis mentioned.

The Argentine pontiff was talking after a collection of bilaterals, together with with Ukraine’s President Volodymr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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