Final month, Father Benanti, who mentioned he receives no fee from Microsoft, participated in a gathering between Mr. Gates, the corporate’s co-founder, and Ms. Meloni, who’s frightened about A.I.’s impression on the work power. “She has to run a rustic,” he mentioned.
She has now appointed Father Benanti to switch the chief of the A.I. fee on Italian media with whom she was displeased.
“Obedience to authority is likely one of the vows,” Father Benanti mentioned as he fiddled with the knots on his gown’s corded belt signifying his Franciscan order’s promise of obedience, poverty and chastity.
That fee is finding out methods to guard Italy’s writers. Father Benanti believes that A.I. corporations must be held responsible for utilizing copyrighted sources to coach their chatbots, although he worries it’s laborious to show as a result of the businesses are “black bins.”
However that thriller has additionally, for Father Benanti, as soon as once more imbued the know-how with magic, even when it’s the darkish variety. In that approach, it wasn’t so new, he mentioned, arguing that as historic Roman augers turned to the flight of birds for course, A.I., with its monumental grasp of our bodily, emotional and preferential information, might be the brand new oracles, figuring out choices, and changing God with false idols.
“It’s one thing outdated that most likely we expect that we left behind,” the friar mentioned, “however that’s coming again.”