Silicon Valley Goes to The Vatican to Talk Tech Ethics

Silicon Valley, Vatican, ethics

The Vatican has brought together Silicon Valley heavyweights, Nobel laureates and cyber experts to discuss the ethical use of digital technology, in a meeting official said could provide material for a possible papal document on artificial intelligence.

The three-day conference, which officials said was the first of its kind, is being attended by executives from companies such as Facebook, Mozilla, and Western Digital, Catholic ethicists, government regulators, and investment bankers.

“The technology industry has had the luxury to think that whatever product it built was the common good. That was the shared assumption for quite some time,” said Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of Mozilla in Mountain View, California.

The gathering is taking place amid the rise of cyber espionage, online hate speech and misuse of private data, and signs the industry is struggling to respond.

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