The Vatican and Artificial Intelligence: An Interview with Bishop Paul Tighe

Paul Tighe, Brian Patrick Green
2022 Journal of moral theology  
of the Pontifical Council for Culture, 1 in April of 2019, when he came to Santa Clara University for a meeting of Chinese and Western scholars on the topic of AI. Since then, he and I have worked together on two main projects: gathering scholars at Catholic universities to discuss topics involving AI and gathering Catholic leaders in technology who are trying to help AI be developed and used ethically. Bishop Paul Tighe is one of the leading figures at the Vatican when it comes to AI. This
more » ... rview was conducted in mid-December of 2021. It provides at this particular point in time. Conditions are changing rapidly. The interview should be read as light-hearted, at times humorous, yet also serious (Bishop Tighe has an Irish gift for that mixture). It has been edited for clarity and length; footnotes have been added to provide further information. Brian Green: Bishop Paul, thank you so much for taking the time for this interview. Just to start, could you say a little bit about how the Vatican and Pope Francis became interested in artificial intelligence and why the issue has become as significant as it now is. Bishop Tighe: I would say, first, that the Vatican and Pope Francis are two separate questions. The Vatican probably became alert to the importance of AI through a series of small conversations called the Minerva Dialogues, involving a number of people from Silicon Valley. These have been going on for about six years and were the first thing that really raised the topic with Vatican people in a serious way. A range of different people from the Vatican were present for those first discussions with people from Silicon Valley, and that primed the interest of the people working in the then-Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which became the Dicastery for Promoting Integral 1
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