Pope Francis warned about the use of algorithms: “It can represent a risk of destabilizing the human”

The Pope in a meeting with academics in Budapest (Reuters) (REMO CASILLI /)

He Pope Francisco warned this Sunday about the use of algorithms “that can represent a further risk of destabilizing the human”in a speech in which he reflected on new technologies while visiting the Faculty of Informatics and Bionic Sciences of the Catholic University “Péter Pázmány” in Budapest, in the last act of his three-day visit to Hungary.

In this speech addressed to the academic and university world, the Pope addressed the use of technologies, highlighting their risks and for this he used the words of Romano Guardini, who was a “great intellectual and man of faith” and who in his reflections “does not demonize technology, which allows us to live better, communicate and have many advantages, but who warns of the risk of it becoming regulatory, if not dominating, of life”.

Francis warned that sometimes the use of technologies can lead to “a lack of limits”, in the logic of “it can be done, therefore, it is lawful”.

“Let us also think of the will to put the person and their relationships at the center of everything, but rather the individual focused on their own needs, eager to accumulate and voracious to grasp reality,” criticized the Pope at this Catholic university.

But he also warned of the consequence that may erode “community ties”.

How many isolated individuals, very social and not very social, resort, as in a vicious circle, to the consolations of technology to fill the void they experience“, he pointed.

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And although he observed that he “did not want to generate pessimism”, because “it would be contrary to the faith that I have the joy of professing”, he did want to draw attention to this “arrogance of being and having” and to “the certain use of algorithms that can represent a further risk of destabilization of the human”.

And to ratify his warnings, the Pope cited the book “Lord of the World” by Robert Benson, which “describes a future dominated by technology and in which everything, in the name of progress, is standardized; everywhere a new humanism is preached that suppresses differences, nullifying the life of peoples and abolishing religions”.

Although the Pope also indicated that “with the help of science we do not just want to understand, we also want to do the right thing, that is, to build a humane and supportive civilization, a sustainable culture and environment”.

Referring to the fact that “Hungary has seen what happened that were imposed as truth, but did not give freedom”, the Pope spoke from communism to consumerism.

In both ‘isms’ there is a false idea of ​​freedom; that of communism was a forced freedom, limited from outside, decided by another; that of consumerism is a libertine, hedonistic freedomflattened, which makes us slaves to consumption and things,” he said.

Finally, the Pope advocated knowledge “that is never separated from love, relational, humble and open, concrete and communal, courageous and constructive” and that “this is what universities are called to cultivate and faith to feed.”

(With information from EFE)

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