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Pope Francis has asked Catholics to pray that robots and artificial intelligence will remain always at the service of human beings.

The special prayer was published last week in the latest edition of Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.

“We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind,” it reads.

The Pope, and senior Vatican clerics, have repeatedly expressed concern about intelligent robots and cutting edge technology.

In February, the Pontifical Academy for Life issued an appeal for the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI).

The document was also signed by presidents of IBM and Microsoft.

It is not the first time that the Pope has spoken about artificial intelligence.

In February 2019, he warned

“Today’s evolution of technical capacity casts a dangerous spell - the machine is not limited to driving alone but ends up guiding man.

“Moreover, the risk of man being “technologized”, rather than technology humanized, is already real.”


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