By Jim Fair

Pope Francis released a video to accompany his November prayer intention: That progress in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) be oriented “towards respecting the dignity of the person and of Creation.’

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father in relation to the challenges facing humanity.

The text of the November 2020 prayer intention:

Artificial intelligence is at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing.  Robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good.  Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress.  Future advances should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and of Creation. 

Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind… we could say, may it “be human.”

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