Pope Francis 1st Catholic church head to address G7 leaders, seeks AI weapons ban

Bari (Italy), Jun 14 (IANS/DPA): The 87-year-old Pope made history as the first head of the Catholic Church to address a G7 summit when he spoke on the second day of the meeting in Puglia. His audience will included notable leaders such as US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. Pope Francis has called on the Group of Seven (G7) leaders to adopt a cautious approach to artificial intelligence (AI) and ban the use of lethal autonomous weapons at the G7 Summit in Italy on Friday.

Speaking at the Summit, the Pope highlighted both the exciting possibilities and the potential dangers of AI.

"It is up to everyone to make good use of it. But the onus is on politics to create the conditions for such good use to be possible and fruitful," the Pope said.

The Pope also described AI as an "extremely powerful tool" whose advantages and disadvantages depended on how it was used.

"The use of our tools, however, is not always directed solely to the good," said the Pope.

"When our ancestors sharpened flint stones to make knives, they used them both to cut hides for clothing and to kill each other."

He also emphasised the complexity of AI, noting that it could enable machines to make autonomous decisions.

However, he stressed that the ultimate decision-making must remain with humans.

"We would condemn humanity to a future without hope if we took away people’s ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives," he warned.

"Human dignity itself depends on it," the Pope added, urging politicians to ban the use of lethal autonomous weapons. "No machine should ever choose to take the life of a human being."

Pope Francis is the first Pontiff to take part in a G7 Summit in its close to 50-year history. The seven advanced industrialised democracies include Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States.

A series of bilateral meetings are also on the programme for Pope Francis at the conference venue, a luxury resort on the Adriatic coast in southern Italy's Apulia region.





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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    Why was he offered Corner Chair ...

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    I’m expecting this . World leaders slowly started to sideline . After Manipur tragedy

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  • Peter, mangalore

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    Cannot imagine ,if any shankarchraya was invited for G7 meeting. but then , we are 'seculars'.

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  • Sense_shetty, Kudla

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    Why is Modiji made to sit on the side? He should have been sitting next to Meloni for his stature as a global leader .

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  • Rakesh Shenoy, Kudla

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    @ sen-se shetty,,What would someone who takes help from a teleprompter have understood?

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    oye, India is not part of G7 ... however, he has managed to get himself invited as special invitee ... we should be grateful, forget where he is seated ... thanks to our size and population, g7 is using India as counter-weight to china ...

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  • Anil, Mangalore / Israel

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    There were other leaders too - Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Kenyan President William Ruto and Tunisian President Kais Saied were also invited

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  • Alwyn, Kudla

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    Most the catholic dominated countries will listen to holy father and make a difference in human lives. Hope many nations listen to holy pope advise and put in place peace in practice and say no to violence against humanity by using hatred ideology or religious based attacks and discrimination

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  • Ramachandra, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    PM thinks that Pope doesn't know what is happening in North and North east India. This is just a gimmicks to get Christian votes and show the world that Bharath is a secular country!!!

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    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    Thanks to the Pope Francis, for taking every positive step to make peace in the World . Thanks to Leaders of World for giving support to His Holy Father to make his vision into reality .

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  • Sense_shetty, Kudla

    Sat, Jun 15 2024

    Pleasing words ..but do you really think it is a practical appeal ?

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