On the second day of the G7 Heads of State and Government Summit, Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of Catholics, delivered a speech at the G-7 High-Level Session on Africa and the Mediterranean/Artificial Intelligence and Energy, which he attended at the invitation of host Italy.

Pope Francis, who became the first Pope to attend the G7 Summit by attending the session, warned the leaders, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, about artificial intelligence. Stating that leaders have a responsibility to use artificial intelligence technology for the benefit of humanity, Pope Francis said, "If we take away people's ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives and make them dependent on machines, we condemn humanity to a hopeless future."


"It is precisely here that we urgently need political action," Pope Francis said, calling on leaders to steer the work on artificial intelligence technology and uphold human dignity.


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Describing artificial intelligence technology as both fascinating and terrifying, Pope Francis warned that it could change "the way we perceive our identity as human beings". Saying that artificial intelligence could reinforce the dominance of Western culture and destroy human dignity, Pope Francis called on leaders to urgently ban lethal autonomous weapons known as "killer robots". "A machine should never have the ability to end a human life," Pope Francis said.
Addressing the leaders at the session, Pope Francis said, "It is everyone's responsibility to make good use of artificial intelligence. However, it is the duty of politics to create the conditions that will make this good use possible and efficient."

Editor: David Goodman