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Pope Francis will be first pontiff to address a G7 summit 2024 venue

Updated on: 15 June,2024 07:45 AM IST  |  Bari
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Francis will address G7 leaders on Friday at their annual gathering in southern Italy—a first for a pope

Pope Francis will be first pontiff to address a G7 summit 2024 venue

Italy’s PM Giorgia Meloni welcoming Pope Francis. Pic/AFP

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Pope Francis is no stranger to artificial intelligence—a deepfake photo of him in a white puffer jacket went viral last year—but his concerns about AI go far beyond an unflattering shot and are now taking centre stage at the Group of Seven summit.


Francis will address G7 leaders on Friday at their annual gathering in southern Italy—a first for a pope. He intends to use the occasion to join the chorus of countries and global bodies pushing for stronger guardrails on AI following the boom in generative artificial intelligence kickstarted by OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot.
The Argentine pope used his annual peace message this year to call for an international treaty to ensure AI is developed and used ethnically.



He argues that a technology lacking human values of compassion, mercy, morality and forgiveness is too perilous to develop unchecked. Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni invited Francis and announced his participation, knowing the potential impact of his star power and moral authority to twin a broadly shared concern about AI with his priorities about peace and social justice.


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