Tech giants IBM and Microsoft have teamed up with the Vatican to promote the ethical development of artificial intelligence (AI) and call for regulation of intrusive technologies such as facial recognition. The companies have signed the Vatican’s “Rome Call for AI Ethics,” a pledge to develop AI in a way that protects all people. The pledge that was presented to Pope Francis asks tech leaders to “humanize technology and not ‘technologize’ humanity.
AI should respect privacy, work reliably and without bias, consider human rights, and operate transparently. The pledge is part of a larger workshop on ethical AI led by the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican this week.