World religions sign Pope’s call for ethical artificial intelligence in Japan – ZENIT

World religions sign Pope’s call for ethical artificial intelligence in Japan – ZENIT

(ZENIT News / Hiroshima, Japan, 10/07/2024).- Eleven world religions, sixteen new signatories, thirteen nations present, more than 150 participants: these are some of the figures of AI Ethics for Peace, the historic multi-religious event held in Hiroshima, Japan, on July 9-10.

The event was greeted by Pope Francis with a dedicated tweet and a message that read: “Recognizing the contribution of the cultural riches of peoples and religions in the regulation of artificial intelligence is the key to the success of your commitment to the wise management of technological innovation.”

On July 10, religious leaders representing various faiths from the Eastern world (such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Bahá’í and many others), accompanied by leaders from the Abrahamic religions (Christians, Jews and Muslims), signed the Rome Appeal for AI Ethics in the evocative setting of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

The new signatories, in the presence of senior representatives of the Japanese government and major technology companies Microsoft, IBM and Cisco, signed the Call which calls for the application, in the field of AI, of algorithmics, that is to say ethics by design.

According to the Pew Research Center, 85% of the world’s population identifies with a religious tradition. Leaders of all major religions have signed the Rome Call for AI Ethics. The Rome Call platform is therefore representative of most people on the planet.

On the second day of the event, the organizing partners (Pontifical Academy for Life, Religions for Peace Japan, Abu Dhabi Peace Forum of the United Arab Emirates, Commission for Interreligious Relations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel) presented a document entitled Hiroshima Appeal, in which, in addition to reiterating the need to use AI only for the good of humanity and the planet, they urged the international community to use peaceful means to resolve any conflict in order to achieve an immediate cessation of all armed conflicts.

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