2020 (EN)

The Pontifical Academy for Life, Microsoft, IBM, FAO and the Italian Government are among the first signatories of the "Call for an AI Ethics", a document created to support an ethical approach to Artificial Intelligence and promote between organizations, governments and institutions a sense of shared responsibility with the aim of guaranteeing a future in which digital innovation and technological progress are at the service of human genius and creativity and not their gradual replacement.
The first signatories of the Call thus express the desire to work together, in this context and at national and international level, to promote an "ethical algorithm", ie the development and use of Artificial Intelligence according to the following principles, fundamental of a good innovation: Transparency, in principle artificial intelligence systems must be understandable; of Inclusion, the needs of all human beings must be taken into account so that everyone can benefit and that all individuals can be offered the best possible conditions to express themselves and develop themselves; Responsibility: those who design and implement Artificial Intelligence solutions must proceed with responsibility and transparency; Impartiality: do not create or act according to prejudice, thus safeguarding human equity and dignity; Reliability: Artificial Intelligence systems must be able to function reliably; Security and privacy: Artificial Intelligence systems must function safely and respect user privacy.
First signatories: Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life (sponsor of the initiative); dr. Brad Smith, President of Microsoft; dr. John Kelly III, IBM Executive Vice President, dr. Dongyu Qu, Director General of FAO, Minister Paola Pisano for the Italian government. Dr. Davide Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Federazione Anna Lindh Italia shared and adhered to the document by sharing the content and purposes. President Michele Capasso, present at the event, underlined the importance of this initiative and thanked Msgr. Paglia for promoting it.
After the signing ceremony, Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia read the address addressed to the participants by Pope Francis