Pope warns about AI misuse, announces “AI and Peace” as 57th World Day of Peace 2024 theme

Pope Francis announced the theme of the 2025 World Day of Peace: “Artificial Intelligence and Peace.”

The press release explains:

“Artificial Intelligence and Peace”. This is the theme of the next Message of the World Day of Peace.

The remarkable advances made in the field of artificial intelligence are having a rapidly increasing impact on human activity, personal and social life, politics and the economy.

Pope Francis calls for an open dialogue on the meaning of these new technologies, endowed with disruptive possibilities and ambivalent effects. He recalls the need to be vigilant and to work so that a logic of violence and discrimination does not take root in the production and use of such devices, at the expense of the most fragile and excluded: injustice and inequalities fuel conflicts and antagonisms. The urgent need to orient the concept and use of artificial intelligence in a responsible way, so that it may be at the service of humanity and the protection of our common home, requires that ethical reflection be extended to the sphere of education and law.

The protection of the dignity of the person, and concern for a fraternity effectively open to the entire human family, are indispensable conditions for technological development to help contribute to the promotion of justice and peace in the world.

Earlier this year, the Pope’s own image was used in AI generated images depicting him in a white puffy jacket.

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