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Rome: Pope Receives Microsoft President Brad Smith

Accompanied by the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

The Director “ad interim” of the Press Office of the Holy See, Alessandro Gisotti, confirmed that Pope Francis on February 13, 2019, in a private audience at the Vatican received the President of Microsoft, Brad Smith, accompanied by the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

During their meeting, Smith discussed the topic of artificial intelligence at the service of the common good and activities aimed at bridging the digital divide that still persists at the global level. In conclusion, they informed the Holy Father that Microsoft, together with the Pontifical Academy for Life, will promote an international prize on ethics in artificial intelligence, the theme of the Academy’s 2020 plenary assembly.

This year the Pontifical Academy for Life’s plenary assembly will take place in the Vatican from February 25-27, 2019 to discuss the theme, ‘Roboethics: Humans, Machines and Health’, while the plenary assembly in 2020 will focus on artificial intelligence.

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