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Italy to Host International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Rome

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Italy will serve as the host country for an upcoming international conference on artificial intelligence (AI) in Rome, coinciding with Italy’s G7 presidency, announced Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The decision was made during the first summit on AI security held […]

Italy to Host International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Rome

Italy will serve as the host country for an upcoming international conference on artificial intelligence (AI) in Rome, coinciding with Italy’s G7 presidency, announced Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The decision was made during the first summit on AI security held in London.

The conference will gather scholars, managers, and experts from around the world, who will have the opportunity to discuss methods, initiatives, and guidelines aimed at ensuring that AI technology assists rather than replaces workers to improve their conditions and prospects, added Meloni.

Italy intends to place artificial intelligence, along with digital security, at the center of discussions during its G7 presidency. The country aims to foster collaborative governance involving both the public and private sectors, stated Meloni.

Rome, in particular, plans to develop “ethical frameworks,” a set of ethical principles to be followed in the development and implementation of AI that can strike a balance between technology and human needs, as the “core of our society.”

One of the risks associated with artificial intelligence is the concern that it will render more people redundant in the job market, replacing them with newer, cheaper technologies.

“The development of artificial intelligence is the greatest intellectual, practical, and anthropological challenge of our time. There is no doubt that the applications of this new technology can bring great opportunities in various fields, but also enormous risks,” said Meloni.

“We are facing a new frontier of progress, which for the first time seriously threatens the principle of humanity’s centrality,” she added.

In 2020, the Vatican already hosted the “Rome Call for AI Ethics,” an event that aimed to set boundaries for artificial intelligence and introduced the concept of “algorithm ethics,” an attempt to infuse ethics into algorithms.

Meloni announced that Italy is in the process of finalizing a National Strategic Plan for Artificial Intelligence and pledged to establish a dedicated fund to support Italian startups working in this field. Italy also plans to collaborate with the European Union in approving an AI Act.

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