“Some people treat AIs like idols, oracles, demigods,” Benanti told POLITICO. “The risk is that they delegate their critical thinking and decision-making power to these machines.”
The fifty-year-old Father has left its mark on AI diplomacy through strategic documents such as the Rome Call for AI Ethics, the Holy See’s attempt to establish the basic moral rules for the emerging technology .
This set of essential principles – transparency, inclusion, accountability, impartiality, reliability, security and privacy – for the design of AI has won the support of tech giants Microsoft and IBM, religious leaders around the world, the Italian government and the United Nations headquarters in Rome. Food and Agriculture Organization.
“The biggest risk is that AI will make or be used to make decisions about people’s lives surreptitiously and undemocratically,” Benanti said. “This is why we need a grassroots governance process that guides innovation towards progress.”
As the chief architect of Rome Call, Benanti has become a household name among tech bigwigs, with Microsoft President Brad Smith even hosting him on his podcast last year.
But Benanti is also a strategic advisor to the Italian government, with Meloni often mentioning “algorithmic ethics,” a phrase he coined. Benanti even accompanied the Italian prime minister to a recent meeting with Microsoft founder Bill Gates last month.