Every start of the month, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to pray for an intention. Called “prayer intentions,” these cover worldly issues that tap on topics surrounding the society, environment, or even technology.
For this month of November 2020, Lolo Kiko is shedding the light on the world of science and technology. He specifically urges Catholic communities to pray that the progress of robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) may always serve humankind. (LOOK: Tradition meets technology in new ‘smart Rosary’)
“When technology disregards the great ethical principles, it ends up considering any practice whatsoever as licit,” the Pope says. “Those who possess particular gifts for the advancement of science and technology [should use] their God-given talents for the service of others.”
According to the Pope, while AI can offer many opportunities in the world, it can also cause a lot of dangers when used for one’s personal interests. And admittedly, a lot of underlying concerns about technology—violation of privacy, discrimination, algorithmic pricing, unemployment, among others—have been rising up in the limelight for some time now. (Read: 5 Tips For Safer Transactions Online)
This is why Pope Francis urges technologists, AI manufacturers, and even policymakers to use their position of power to serve the greater good. He says the full potential of these technologies can only be attained if they help improve—and safeguard—the well-being of mankind.
This month, let us join Pope Francis in prayer for robotics and new technology. May their progress and development always aim at serving the needs of the people.
A Prayer for Robotics and New Technology
Designer and Maker of the universe, we thank You for those gifted with creativity and technical skills who are dedicated to finding better ways to live and manage our world. Please grant great wisdom and insight to use robots and AI for the good of all.
Prayer from care.org.uk.