Leaders representing all major religions have signed the Rome Call for AI Ethics.

Leaders representing all major religions have signed the Rome Call for AI Ethics. Photo: Rome Call

World Religions Sign Pope’s Appeal for Ethical Artificial Intelligence in Japan

The new signatories, in the presence of top representatives of the Japanese Government and of big tech Microsoft, IBM and Cisco, signed the Call which urges the application, in the field of AI, of algorethics, i.e. ethics by design.

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(ZENIT News / Hiroshima, Japan, 07.10.2024).- Eleven World Religions, sixteen new signatories, thirteen nations in attendance, more than  150 participants: these are some of the numbers of AI Ethics for Peace, the historic multi religious event held in Hiroshima, Japan, on July 9th and 10th.

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

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

The new signatories, in the presence of top representatives of the Japanese Government and  of big tech Microsoft, IBM and Cisco, signed the Call which urges the application, in the field  of AI, of algorethics, i.e. ethics by design.

The Pew Research Center reports that 85 percent of the world’s population identifies with a  religious tradition. Leaders representing all major religions have signed the Rome Call for AI  Ethics. This makes the Rome Call platform 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 Forum for Peace of the United Arab Emirates, Commission for  Interreligious Relations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel) presented a document named  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 ways to  resolve any conflict in order to achieve an immediate cessation of all armed conflicts.

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