A New Handbook Emphasizes Ethical Tech Development

Technology related to artificial intelligence is evolving swiftly. The goal of a new handbook is to assist technology developers in making the most moral choices for the general population. Ethics in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: An Operational Roadmap is the title of the recently released handbook. It claims to offer advice on issues pertaining to the moral application of ChatGPT and other AI technologies. For several years, the manual has been under development. But given the current rise in the usage of AI, the authors claimed they felt there was an even greater need to work on it immediately.

The manual was made available on June 28 by the Institute of Technology, Ethics, and Culture (ITEC). The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and the Center for Digital Culture at the Vatican together launched ITEC. About 23 years ago, Father Brendan McGuire entered the priesthood after working in the IT sector. Early in the 1990s, he held the position of executive director for the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. McGuire reported that he has kept up his meetings with IT industry friends throughout the years. These days, a large number of them are industry leaders. Their conversations became more serious about ten years ago, he claimed.

According to McGuire, his former coworkers pointed out that there is no decision-making system. He made contact with the director of the Markkula Center, Kirk Hanson. He also got in touch with the local bishop, who is a Catholic clergyman. After getting together, the three of them discussed their options. They concluded that the Vatican need to be involved in their endeavors. It made sense to them to include the Roman Catholic Church’s government because tech companies are global businesses. It made sense for McGuire, a Catholic priest, to seek advice from the Vatican. Bishop Paul Tighe, the secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education, was his colleague. The department strives to advance individuals’ human ideals.

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