ROME (AP) — Tech large Cisco Systems on Wednesday joined Microsoft and IBM in signing onto a Vatican-sponsored pledge to…

ROME (AP) — Tech large Cisco Systems on Wednesday joined Microsoft and IBM in signing onto a Vatican-sponsored pledge to make sure synthetic intelligence is developed and used ethically and to learn the frequent good.

Cisco Systems chief govt Chuck Robbins signed the doc, referred to as the Rome Call, and met privately with Pope Francis, the Vatican stated.

The pledge outlines key pillars of moral and accountable use of AI. It emphasizes that AI programs have to be designed, used and controlled to serve and defend the dignity of all human beings, with out discrimination, and their environments. It highlights rules of transparency, inclusion, accountability, impartiality and safety as essential to information all AI developments.

The doc was unveiled and signed at a Vatican convention on Feb. 28, 2020 — simply earlier than Italy locked down on account of the COVID-19 pandemic — by Microsoft’s Brad Smith and IBM’s John Kelly III. Universities, U.N. companies, non-public companies and nongovernmental organizations have signed on as effectively.

Francis has known as for an international treaty to ensure AI is developed and used ethically, devoting his annual peace message this yr to the subject.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life who’s main the AI initiative, welcomed Cisco’s participation. He cited the IT firm’s experience in “infrastructure, safety and safety of AI knowledge and programs.”

Artificial intelligence has captured world consideration due to advances by cutting-edge programs like OpenAI’s ChatGPT which have dazzled customers with the power to supply human-like textual content, pictures and songs. But the know-how has additionally raised fears concerning the dangers the quickly creating know-how poses to jobs, privateness and copyright protection and even human life itself.

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