As Vatican Reopens, Delos Aligns with Humanity 2.0 Well Being to Implement the Vatican’s First Wellness Installation

Delos Aligns with Humanity 2.0 Well Being to Implement the Vatican’s First Wellness Installation into its Real Estate Portfolio at the Renowned Pontifical Orientale Institute

Historic implementation of Delos’ health and wellness interventions at the Vatican’s Orientale residences to support the well-being of residents and educate the Vatican network as it prepares to define guidelines for safeguarding health

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Delos, a wellness real estate and technology company, has formed a collaboration with Humanity 2.0 Well Being and the Pontifical Orientale Institute to upgrade the Vatican’s Orientale’s residences with its evidence-based health and wellness technologies and solutions.

“Father Nazar and the Orientale have a heritage as pioneers, and this initial partnership is both a template and a catalyst for greater strategic collaboration with the Vatican at this defining time."

Rome and the Vatican are slowly emerging from lockdown, providing a critical window to help build health resilience, prevent disease and reduce viral transmission in houses, offices, parishes and school facilities through scientifically-supported technologies and solutions.

Delos, the trusted scientific authority on healthy buildings, has customized a program for the Pontifical Orientale Institute, which includes air purification and surface cleaning technology, circadian lighting and other evidence-based interventions designed to help support immune health, reduce stress, improve sleep quality and promote overall well-being.

In partnership with Humanity 2.0 Well Being, the wellness platform created in collaboration with the Vatican (Holy See), the Pontifical Orientale Institute was identified due to its rich history and innovative leadership, as well as vital role in convening global interfaith groups at the Vatican. Led by Rev. David Nazar, S.J, the Pontifical Oriental Institute was created by Pope Benedict XV in 1917, and is currently a school of higher studies that has as its particular mission the service of the Oriental Churches.

“The Catholic Church runs the largest governmental school system in the world, serving in over 100 countries - some over 1,000 years old - and runs one-quarter of the world's health care institutions,” said Father David Nazar, Rector of the Orientale. “Its preoccupation has always been the care of the entire person and of society. Recent information technology and wellness sciences have brought to the fore much-needed insights into humanizing the educational environment. Our students come from over 40 countries, many without deep resources, and student depression is an increasing phenomenon in a world that is struggling to find a common purpose. COVID-19 has shown us how fragile we are. With Delos and Humanity 2.0 Well Being, we will be implementing health and wellness tools that address these contemporary educational challenges, helping us continue our focus on strengthening the whole person- body, mind, and spirit. Pope Francis, with his focus on human ecology, has asked church institutions to show leadership. With Delos and Humanity 2.0 Well Being, the Orientale is doing just that.”

“We are honored to have been asked to customize our suite of research and technology solutions accrued over years into a first-of-its-kind program for the Pontifical Orientale Institute residences at this pivotal time,” said Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos. “We know that buildings have a profound impact on human health, but the current pandemic has magnified the essential need for evidence-based health interventions in the indoor environment, which are being shared with the Vatican and its global network.”

Given the Catholic Church’s global footprint, comprising 200,000 colleges, universities and other schools, 220,000 parishes, 117,000 nursing home and senior living facilities, and 10,000 orphanages in 196 countries, Delos’ Vatican program at the Orientale will be made available more widely to the Catholic Church to educate and shape institutional best practices.

“Through upgrading our educational buildings with health innovations, we are actually building human capacity at one of its most formative periods,” said Morad Fareed, CEO of Humanity 2.0 Well Being and a co-founder of Delos. “Father Nazar and the Orientale have a heritage as pioneers, and this initial partnership is both a template and a catalyst for greater strategic collaboration with the Vatican at this defining time.”

With the support of Pope Francis, and in conjunction with Fr. William Watson, S.J., vice president for advancement for the Orientale, the Orientale’s residences, offices, classrooms, and library/conference facilities were significantly upgraded in 2017- the 100th anniversary of the Institute. These same residences will now become the first residences in the Vatican to implement Delos’ technologies and solutions.

The collaboration with Delos and Humanity 2.0 Well Being is advanced by the Orientale’s initiative to upgrade the technology infrastructure for all Orientale classrooms to enable the most comprehensive distance learning capabilities of any papal university, made possible through a partnership with UBS partners James Mallahan and Mark Russo.

Delos is the founder of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which created the WELL Building Standard™, currently being implemented in over 4,000 projects, surpassing 500 million square feet of wellness real estate in 61 countries. IWBI recently established a Task Force on Covid-19 and other respiratory infections - Co-Chaired by 17th Surgeon General of the United States Richard Carmona, Former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, UCLA’s Dr. Jonathan Fielding, and Harvard School of Public Health’s Joseph Allen – to advance the role of buildings in protecting and enhancing health.

About Delos
Delos is a wellness real estate and technology company with a mission to be the world’s leading catalyst for improving the health and well-being of people by improving the indoor environments where they live, work, sleep and play. Informed by more than seven years of research and rigorous analysis of environmental health impacts on people, Delos and its subsidiaries offer an array of evidence-based technology and solutions for the built environment. Delos is the founder of the International WELL Building Institute and the WELL Building Standard, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness. The International WELL Building Institute administers and continues WELL’s development and drives market adoption. Delos collaborated with the Mayo Clinic to create the Well Living Lab, a scientific research center that uses exclusively human-centered research to understand the interaction between health and well-being and indoor environments. The company’s advisory board is comprised of leading professionals across real estate, healthcare, government policy and sustainability, including the 17th Surgeon General of the United States Richard Carmona, UCLA’s Dr. Jonathan Fielding, renowned wellness luminary Deepak Chopra, and sustainability advocate Leonardo DiCaprio. For more information about Delos, please visit www.delos.com.

About Humanity 2.0 Well-Being
Humanity 2.0 was created to facilitate collaborative ventures between the historically siloed public, private, and faith-based sectors. Founded in 2018 in collaboration with the Dicastery for Integral Human Development at the Holy See (Vatican) led by His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Humanity 2.0 Foundation has become a unique global force in its novel ability to identify important global initiatives, forge partnerships, and introduce scientific solutions for global impact. After two years of convenings in Vatican City with global luminaries from Ethics, Science, Health, and Technology, Humanity 2.0 Well Being was developed to focus more concretely on installing the world’s leading environmental and maternal wellness solutions throughout the Faith Sector and beyond. https://humanity2-0.org/

About the Pontifical Orientale Institute
The Mission of the Orientale is to pursue research, teaching, and publishing relating to the traditions of the Eastern Churches – a geography spanning from Russia to Ethiopia and from Italy to India - in their theology, liturgies, patristics, history, canon law, literature and languages, spirituality, archeology, and questions of ecumenical and geopolitical importance. The areas of primary concern today to the Orientale are the Middle East and the post-Soviet world. For more information about the Orientale, please visit https://orientale.it/en/

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Humanity 2.0 Appoints Maurice Lévy to Advisory Board

Non-Profit assembling the world’s greatest strategic minds in collaboration with Holy See (Vatican) based impact initiatives

VATICAN CITY, May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Humanity 2.0 a Non-Profit (Non-Government Organization) focused on identifying and removing the most significant impediments to human flourishing in collaboration with the Holy See (Vatican), is proud to announce it has appointed Maurice Lévy to its advisory board which oversees the strategic and ethical direction of Humanity 2.0’s impact initiatives.

Matthew Sanders, CEO of Humanity 2.0 commented; “Maurice Lévy has led Publicis, the 3rd largest advertising and communications company in the world, with courage and integrity for decades and so we are honored he accepted a position on our board. His experience across so many sectors will be instrumental in ensuring we focus our resources in the most strategically impactful way.”

Humanity 2.0 Advisory Committee consists of 10 members: 
Maurice Lévy; Chairman of the Supervisory Board; Publicis Groupe
Bill Hilf; Chief Executive Officer; Vulcan
Tae Yoo; Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility; Cisco
Carlo D'Asaro Biondo; Former President - EMEA Partnerships; Google
Jean Oelwang; President & Trustee Virgin Unite & B Team; Senior Partner; Virgin
Jim Pitofsky; Managing Director, Strategic Alliances; John Templeton Foundation
Hilary Pennington; Executive Vice President for Program; Ford Foundation
Dinah McLeod; Director and Cause Lead, Equality in the Workplace; The B Team
Matt Bird; President, Equities News & Chairman, 1800PR/CommPro Worldwide
Fr. Philip Larrey; Chairman; Humanity 2.0

About Maurice Lévy
Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the leader in business, marketing and communications transformation. He joined Publicis in 1971 as IT Director, and was appointed CEO of Publicis Conseil, the Groupe's flagship agency, in 1981. He was named CEO of Publicis Groupe in 1987, a role that he fulfilled for 30 years until being named Chairman of the Supervisory Board as of June 1, 2017. He was responsible for transforming Publicis from a great, French creative agency into a global leader, covering all segments of the advertising industry. With spectacular acquisitions such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Bcom3 (Leo Burnett, Starcom, Mediavest) Zenith or in the digital space with Digitas, Performics, Razorfish, Rosetta and Sapient, today Publicis represents more than 80,000 talents, $10 billion in revenue and is present in more than 104 countries. In 2016, to celebrate Publicis Groupe’s 90th anniversary, Maurice Lévy was determined to look to the future rather than the past, keeping in line with Publicis’ pioneering spirit. The result was two initiatives – Publicis90, through which Publicis Groupe invested in 90 promising startups and Viva Technology Paris, a global event dedicated to the collaboration between large companies and startups. Widely recognized as a leading figure in the communications industry, Mr. Lévy also co-founded the French Brain Institute (ICM) in 2005 and serves as the Chairman of the board for several entities, including the International Board of Governors for the Peres Center for Peace. In 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Pasteur-Weizmann Institute. Mr. Lévy has been honored with numerous distinctions and accolades for his contributions to media, business leadership, tolerance and peace. Mr. Lévy holds the distinctions of Commandeur of the French Légion d’Honneur and Grand Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite.

About Humanity 2.0

Humanity 2.0 a Non-Profit (Non-Government Organization) focused on identifying and removing the most significant impediments to human flourishing in collaboration with the Holy See (Vatican). A vehicle for facilitating collaborative ventures between the traditionally siloed public, private and faith-based sectors. Its mission is to identify impediments to human flourishing and then work collaboratively across sectors to remove them by sourcing and scaling bold and innovative solutions. Developed in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Holy See and a consortium of leaders and luminaries, Humanity 2.0 seeks to unite humanity in the common cause of realizing a better world for our children.

For more information visit:  www.humanity2-0.org | Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

CONTACT:

Humanity 2.0 Communications:
Matt Bird
Advisory Board Member
P: +1 646.401.4499
E: matt.bird@1800pr.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/4266118a-43c3-43bb-9a2e-39630dad5abb.

Perché la tecnologia non minaccia il lavoro.

Secondo uno studio dell’Università di Oxford e uno del Mit tra 10 anni il 40% dei posti di lavoro potrebbero essere messi a rischio dalle macchine. "Io non credo che sia vero, non dobbiamo avere paura della tecnologia”. Conversazione con Philip Larrey, docente di filosofia presso la Pontificia Università Lateranense, nel corso della presentazione del suo libro “Dove inizia il Futuro”, edito da Mondadori

“Tra 10 anni il 40% dei posti di lavoro potrebbero essere messi a rischio dalle macchine”. Ad affermarlo è uno studio dell’Università di Oxford e uno del Mit. “Io non credo che sia vero, non dobbiamo avere paura della tecnologia”. Queste le parole di Philip Larrey, docente di filosofia presso la Pontificia Università Lateranense, nel corso della presentazione del suo libro “Dove inizia il Futuro”, edito da Mondadori, organizzata da Agol e da Core Values e Ucid presso la Fondazione Civita.

Il libro affronta un tema complesso, il rapporto tra l’uomo e la tecnologia, e lo fa attraverso le voci di autorevoli protagonisti del tempo moderno come Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, presidente delle relazioni di Google per l’Europa, il Medio Oriente e l’Africa, e Maurice Lévy, direttore di Publicis Groupe e Eric Schmidt, amministratore delegato di Alphabet. Presenti in sala, insieme all’autore Massimo Bruno, responsabile Sostenibilità e Affari Istituzionali Enel Italia, Umberto Guidoni, dirigente Responsabile Servizio Auto e Card Ania, Davide Squarzoni, senior partner Prometeia e ad Prometeia Advisor Sim, e Fabio Vaccarono, managing director Google Italia.

A margine della conferenza Formiche.net ha parlato con Philip Larrey delle criticità della quarta rivoluzione evidenziati dal suo libro.

Il suo libro parla del rapporto tra l’uomo e la tecnologia. Viene prima l’uomo o la tecnologia?

Ovviamente viene prima l’uomo. La tecnologia deve essere al servizio dell’uomo, è lui che la crea per risolvere i problemi della vita quotidiana, come lavoro, sanità e via discorrendo. Noi dobbiamo confrontarci oggi con qualcosa che potrebbe eventualmente superare l’intelligenza umana: l’intelligenza artificiale. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft e Ibm hanno programmi di intelligenza artificiale e stano formando le strutture per garantire che l’Intelligenza Artificiale sia sempre al servizio dell’uomo e non il contrario.

Nel corso della conferenza Massimo Bruno ha sottolineato che spesso, nel discorso sull’innovazione tecnologica, si dimentica chi potrebbe patire degli effetti negativi del progresso tecnologico, così avanzato e rapido che rischia di far diventare obsolescenti le competenze dei lavoratori nel giro di una sola generazione. Quali sono gli antidoti per difendere il lavoro dalla quarta rivoluzione industriale?

È un tema enorme. Pensi che il World Economic Forum a Davos ha dedicato un’intera sezione a questo argomento, quindi ci sono persone che lavorano a livello altissimo su questo tema. Io credo che l’essere umano sia abbastanza malleabile: se perde un lavoro può trovarne un altro e più è giovane più è facile, il problema sarà soprattutto nella fascia più anziana. Credo che sia necessario un intervento governativo al fine di controllare il fenomeno ed evitare la perdita massiccia di posti di lavoro.

Secondo lei, tra le varie politiche in campo, quali sono quelle che meglio tutelano il lavoro? Potrebbe essere utile fornire un reddito svincolandolo dal lavoro?

Credo che garantire un reddito a chi non lavora non funzionerebbe molto bene. L’anno scorso in Svizzera c’è stato un referendum proprio su questo: è stato chiesto ai cittadini cosa ne pensassero di offrire un reddito anche a chi non lavora ed il voto è stato negativo. Credo che i governi dovrebbero assistere il mondo delle forze produttive per assicurare un flusso equilibrato tra formazione e fuoriuscita dal mercato del lavoro. Si può pensare a dare incentivi ai settori nei quali è richiesta una maggiore manodopera.

Molto spesso il progresso tecnologico si è legato all’insorgenza di nuovi bisogni e nuovi diritti. Secondo lei il progresso frenetico che stiamo vivendo ora sarà foriero di maggiori opportunità o maggiori pericoli?

La tecnologia non andrà a detrimento dell’essere umano, ma dipende da come la si usa. Nel mio libro a più riprese ho scritto che la tecnologia non è né buona né cattiva dipende solo dall’utilizzo che se ne fa. La tecnologia, se ben applicata, può dare una mano al progresso dell’umanità, dei diritti umani e del bene comune. Un utilizzo sbagliato può portare alla distruzione del mondo.

Lei è un sacerdote e le chiedo: dov’è Dio nel rapporto tra l’uomo e la tecnologia?

Dio c’è, non c’è un solo campo della vita dell’uomo che sia avulso dal rapporto con Dio. Qualcuno ha detto che Google è una specie di dio perché sa tutto di tutti. Dio chiama l’uomo ad avvicinarsi a lui in questa vita e nell’altra. La tecnologia può aiutare tanto le società quanto gli individui, allo stesso modo può avere un impatto deleterio. Credo che il Signore, dei quali siamo creature, ci ha dato gli strumenti per creare il nostro mondo, il nostro impegno deve essere convergere nel creare a immagine e somiglianza del Signore.

Connected World, cosa dicono Schmidt e Sorrell nel nuovo libro di Philip Larrey

Le implicazioni tecnologiche, economiche, sociali e etiche del mondo connesso e dell'era digitale: ecco che cosa hanno risposto Carlo D'Asaro Biondo e Eric Schmidt di Google, Martin Sorrell di WPP, Maurice Lévy di Publicis e gli altri intervistati dal professore cattolico

Sono i temi più attuali, spesso controversi, del mondo della tecnologia il filo che lega le interviste di alto profilo raccolte da Philip Larrey della Pontificia Università Lateranense nel suo nuovo libro Connected World, edito da Penguin e presentato presso la Fondazione IES Abroad Italy di Roma. A confronto ci sono personaggi come Eric Schmidt, Martin Sorrell e Maurice Levy e Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, guidati dalle domande di Larrey, professore di filosofia della conoscenza con una passione per i temi dell’economia e della società digitale. Perché un prete cattolico si dovrebbe interessare di hitech? La risposta è semplice: “Tutti dovrebbero interessarsene”, dice Larrey.

CHI C’ERA ALLA PRESENTAZIONE

Luca Ascani, Marina Brogi, Mario Calabresi (nella foto), Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, Guglielmo Fransoni, Anna Matteo, Giovanna Melandri, Mons. Carlo M. Polvani, Gianni Ponti: questo il panel che ha presentato e discusso i temi principali di Connected World presso la Fondazione IES Abroad Italy di Roma, ente che svolge e gestisce corsi educativi a livello superiore e post-laurea rivolti a studenti di cittadinanza non italiana con lo scopo di immergerli nella nostra cultura e vita locale.

BIG DATA E PRIVACY

Big data e design, mondo militare e social media, cyber sicurezza e giornalismo, sistemi industriali automatizzati e filosofia: in Connected World si spazia tra settori disparati. Ma c’è un tema che viene citato in quasi tutte le interviste di padre Larrey: la sicurezza. “Un mondo online sicuro: tutti lo indicano come priorità”, ci svela Larrey, anche se Dave Aitel, il super-esperto intervistato su questo tema, sostiene che pochi la perseguono seriamente.

Sicurezza e privacy sono temi strettamente collegati a quello dei Big data. E’ una questione, come si suol dire, interdisciplinare; per esempio, chi lavora nei media si chiede come valorizzare i dati degli utenti per rendere il proprio business sostenibile nell’era dell’informazione online, fidelizzando il lettore e portandogli il prodotto in linea con le sue esigenze, ma senza diventare invasivi. “Ogni business sarà digitale per forza se vuole conquistare il futuro”, ha detto Anna Matteo, General Manager, Digital Business and Technology, del gruppo 24 Ore.

QUALE TRADE-OFF?

“Sir Martin Sorrell nel libro afferma di essere disposto a rinunciare a parte della propria privacy se in cambio si può ottenere più sicurezza sia online che nel mondo reale”,  ci racconta Larrey. “Si può obiettare però che la privacy è un diritto inalienabile, senza compromessi. Vale anche per i cosiddetti servizi gratis che troviamo su Internet: non sono veramente gratis, sono ottenuti in cambio dei nostri dati. Ne ricaviamo qualcosa di utile, ma siamo anche monitorati: dove è il trade-off?”.

I dati sono la nuova moneta di scambio e il tema è economico e etico al tempo stesso, come ha sottolineato il ‎giurista Guglielmo Fransoni: “Oggi i dati modificano i rapporti di forza, i Big data sono la nuova ricchezza”. Alcuni intervistati più “ottimisti” affermano nel libro che le tecnologie sono sempre un progresso e vanno lasciate “libere” di svilupparsi; eventualmente le regole si creano dopo, per normare l’utilizzo; altri, più cauti, hanno detto che le regole andrebbero fissate prima che lo sviluppo delle tecnologie avvenga senza alcun controllo. “Comunque sia la sfida è creare regole a prova di futuro, con senso di responsabilità”, ha concluso Fransoni.

SOCIAL MEDIA E FAKE NEWS

L’intervistata del capitolo sui social media è non a caso Breanna Fulton, 14enne al momento della stesura dell’intervista. Chi meglio di una giovane adolescente, vera digital native, può parlare di che cosa significa comunicare sui social? Chi meglio di una ragazza può permettere ai media tradizionali di capire in che direzione cambiare per restare rilevanti, visto che persino Facebook è definito “vecchio” dai teenager? Instagram, Tumblr, Tinder, YouTubers: questo è il mondo di cui discutono e da cui traggono “notizie” e dove tessono molte delle loro relazioni sociali i ragazzi di oggi.

Ma come risolvere il grande dilemma di distinguere tra fonti autorevoli e altre che non lo sono affatto? L’attuale “rivolta contro le elite”, la denigrazione degli esperti, l’equiparazione della scienza a un’opinione come tutte le altre, la frammentazione esasperata dell’informazine dei social e la tendenza a circondarsi di “amici” allineati al nostro modo di pensare, a scapito del senso critico, tutto questo pone innumerevoli spunti di riflessione per il giornalista, chiamato a recuperare la fiducia del pubblico. “Il giornalista è il professionista capace di raccogliere la notizia, inserirla nel contesto, fornire gli strumenti per confrontare e andare oltre”, ha affermato Mario Calabresi, direttore di Repubblica.

INTELLIGENZA ARTIFICIALE

C’è un tema che nelle interviste viene accennato ma direttamente affrontato solo da pochi (come Eric Schmidt): l’intelligenza artificiale. “Dalle auto senza conducente alle transazioni finanziarie automatizzate, dai motori di ricerca alle applicazioni per la medicina, l’argomento è così vasto da meritare un libro a parte”, ci dice Larrey. Sarà un libro che chi apprezza le interviste del professore attenderà con piacere, perché al dibattito svoltosi a Roma l’intelligenza artificiale è stato uno dei temi più citati: Mons. Carlo M. Polvani ha sottolineato come intelligenza artificiale e intelligenza umana siano sempre più interconnesse – non esisterebbe del resto l’intelligenza delle macchine senza quella dell’uomo – mentre Giovanna Melandri, oggi presidente del MAXXI, ha ricordato come la riflessione sull’intelligenza artificiale si lega necessariamente a quella sull’intelligenza emozionale e sulla spiritualità. Ma è una visione ottimistica quella che ha consegnato la Melandri: la tecnologia non necessariamente sostituisce o annulla le persone, piuttosto offre alle persone nuove capacità e migliori opportunità.

Artificial Intelligence - The Future of AI

Panel presentation and networking event organized by the Canadian Chamber in Italy and hosted by LUISS EnLabs & LVenture Group, with the support of the Embassy of Canada to Italy and the participation of Nino Pace, Director Consulting Services CGI Italy, Jenny Izaguirre, Country Manager Italy & Spain Shopify, Dr. Amedeo Cesta, Research Director CNR-ISTC, Vice-president, Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Fr. Philip Larrey, Chairman Humanity 2.0, Chair of Logic and Epistemology at the Pontifica Università Lateranense & Author of Connected World, Nicolo Valigi, Co-founder AI Academy, Co-founder and software architect SleepActa and Matthew Lombardi, Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council, as moderator.

Organized by the Canadian Chamber in Italy and hosted by LVenture Group and LUISS EnLabs, with the support of the Embassy of Canada to Italy, this event brought together leaders in various sectors to discuss the role of AI in our everyday lives, its advancements, the challenges, and its role in the global context.

Speakers
The moderator of the event was Matthew Lombardi, Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council (CIC) and the speakers invited, in order of intervention, were: Nicolò Valigi, Co- founder AI Academy, Co-founder and Software Architect SleepActa, Fr. Philip Larrey, Chairman Humanity 2.0,
Chair of Logic and Epistemology at the Pontifica Università Lateranense and Author of “Connected World”, Nino Pace, Director Consulting Services CGI Italy, Jenny Izaguirre, Country Manager Italy and Spain Shopify and Dr. Amedeo Cesta, Research Director CNR-ISTC, VP Italian Association for AI.

Conclusions
AI has developed greatly over the years and is always more present in our society, products, and services. The importance of AI is understood. It allows businesses to be more efficient, its data assist in the decision-making process and it is capable of solving societal problems based on its technology.
The panel discussion, that represented sectors such as government, commerce, academic, and technology, all explained the advancements that AI has implemented to their business models. AI has helped the commerce sector to learn more about its customer behavior, for example. The common
idea discussed was that machines are getting better at communicating. When industries and businesses are faced with obstacles, the data that is required to move forward is easier to obtain thanks to AI. Many of the panelists also believe that this communication and partnership between machines and
humans is and will continue to be controlled by humans. Contrary to Hollywood films where machines replace human beings, the panelists firmly believe that the future of AI is unpredictable yet, humans will remain to be at the controls, ultimately deciding what outcomes they want from the machines. The theme of communication was one of the most essential discussions when considering the role of AI in the future.

The common idea of fostering the relationship between machines and humans was widespread throughout the discussion.

In today’s society, data and technology continue to be the most valuable assets.

The discussion was a call for people to understand the functionality and impact of these assets and create a relationship towards efficiency. As previously mentioned, data is the fuel for many businesses and governments, but what are the risks involved? Is our privacy at risk? Many examples such as geolocation, internet cookies, face recognition, and various mobile apps were all mentioned as tools for companies to track their end-user and study his/her behavior and actions. Like many aspects of AI, information as such has still not been understood. Various panelists question the real price of exposing personal data and mobile conduct. The need for an appropriate balance between privacy and policy must be implemented but at the moment, it is in the hands of the everyday citizen to take caution at any time that they connect to a mobile network and act accordingly.

Overall, the role of AI in promoting the development and its capacity to address current and future development challenges, allow businesses and governments a new strategy channel in a global context and contribute to high-performance efficiency. Due to its complexity, AI’s role in our future is unknown, however, it sets the stage for further cooperation between humans and machines, to understand where this technology can bring us and its impact on our future. Nonetheless, AI will never overcome the human decision-making process as logic, behavior, and feelings are not compatible with AI. Instead, AI will contribute to the decision-making process and advanced technology, contributing to developing societies and developmental obstacles.

Presentation of Philip Larrey's new Book: Where the Future Begins

What are the next developments in the technological and commercial field? Where will new technologies and digital take us? What consequences will they have for society?

Prof. Philip Larrey, Professor of Philosophy of Knowledge at the Pontifical Lateran University, answers all these questions in his latest book Where the future begins, Conversations on what awaits us with those who are working on our tomorrow, published by Mondadori.

For all those interested in these topics the appointment is for November 14, 2018 at 7.00 pm at the headquarters of Associazione Civita (Piazza Venezia, 11 - Rome).

Humanity 2.0 Forum 2018 talking about the future of the internet

The Humanity 2.0 Forum is a broad spectrum gathering of luminaries and stakeholders at the Vatican to explore specific impediments to human flourishing and to discuss courses of action aimed at overcoming them. It is the goal of a Forum to identify one specific venture that has a high probability to fundamentally alter human life on earth and then to rally support for a cross-sector collaborative venture.

The Themes: A Healthy Environment for Pregnancy, The Future of the Internet, Human-centered Civilizations.
A Healthy Environment for Pregnancy
A presentation by leading medical and life science institutions will outline a groundbreaking new approach to pregnancy.
Following the presentation, plans for Square Roots’ first Lab will be unveiled as well as a call-to-commitment to invest in the future of humanity.
The Future of the Internet
The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations collaborating to use transparency to build a more trustworthy and trusted press. Led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, it is hosted by Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Search engines and social media platforms, which have become important news distributors, are participating as external partners (Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter).
Human-centered Civilizations
Pope Francis in his TED talk in 2017 urged for a “revolution in tenderness". He reminded us that we are not islands unto ourselves, but rather a common family sharing a common home.
The mission is to encourage a culture of love where we recognize each other's dignity and work selflessly to build a civilization of true opportunity. This ‘exploratory panel' will delve more deeply into Pope Francis' remarks and suggest courses of action aimed at realizing the Holy Father's vision.

After the Vatican hackathon, what does Catholic entrepreneurship look like?

The Vatican just held a hackathon. Take a moment to recover from the shock, as veteran Holy See reporter John L. Allen Jr. had to, and take comfort in the fact that nowadays hackathons are a fairly frequent occurrence in business and higher education. They rarely have to do with acts of criminal trespass. Instead, imagine a large number of talented people crammed into a space, plied with food and caffeine for several sleepless days and nights, self-organizing prototypes that share a certain technology or theme. At the end, there are prizes.

Such was VHacks, as the event last week was called. A student at Harvard Business School, Jakub Florkiewicz, instigated it. About 120 students from around the world participated, representing multiple faiths and none, with sponsorship from companies like Google and Microsoft. Read the report in Wired; you’ll encounter most of the usual hackathon tropes.

Icons of Impact: Pope Francis

Pope Francis' vision to redesign our economy to serve its most vulnerable.

Pope Francis has an ambitious goal: to redesign our global economy to serve even our most vulnerable. His vision of a new 'social economy' is one that discards and hides no one. Can he do it?

Cardinal Turkson is the Pope's top advisor on integral human development and is helping shape the newly launched Laudato Si' Challenge - an initiative to seed fund and accelerate entrepreneurs building companies that change the world.

Talking tech with Google’s President

The digital ecosystem shaping our world is vibrant and fast-moving. It has blurred the boundaries between what is physical and what is virtual. New business paradigms are being forged daily, turning challenges into opportunities and data-points into foresights.


But that’s only half the story.

Is technology shaping societal norms? What are the philosophical implications of automation and artificial intelligence? Have we imbued technology with positive value-creation possibilities? Does technology facilitate truthful communication?

The above and other ethical and ontological questions were at the centre of a dialogue I had with Google’s EMEA President Carlo d’Asaro Biondo. We were both hosted by the President of Malta, Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, on the occasion of the launch of the book ‘Connected World’ by Philip Larrey. The author holds the Chair of Logic and Epistemology at the Pontifical Lateran University in the Vatican. For years he has been following the philosophical implications of the rapid development of artificial intelligence and similar tools which are re-shaping our world.

In Connected World, Larrey explores the consequences of the new digital age through a series of conversations with thought-leaders including Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, and Maurice Lévy, CEO of Publicis Groupe. Ranging from the death of privacy to the rise of artificial intelligence, Connected World asks the existential questions which will come to define our age. This was the springboard for the discussion Carlo and I had in Malta.

Carlo d'Asaro Biondo from Google and Gege Gatt

 

On the subject of technology neutrality

It is often argued that technology is neutral. This view proposes that the effect of technology is solely dependent on how we use such tools.

I argued against such thesis. Technology, like science, is a human endeavour that is guided by values and conceptions of what is good or desirable to achieve. Therefore, technology is made to serve a specific purpose and achieve specific aims for a specific audience. Thus, when we examine technology we must review two dimensions: (i) the tangible invention with its intended goals, and (ii) the achieved uses in the intended market. The view that technology is neutral has plausibility only in so far as it relates to observed uses abstracted from intended goals. This approach seems awkward as, ab initio, technology has intended functions (a kettle’s purpose is to boil water and its use as a hammer is not apt or desirable) which are connected to the realisation of its expected goals. Thus, form can’t be divorced from function.

The design of the Wannacry cryptoworm had the objective to infect computers and demand ransom payments. Its observed use followed its intended purpose and infected 200,000 computers across 150 countries clocking up $4bn in economic losses. Assertions of neutrality may often be veiled attempts to escape responsibilities for intended consequences and thus should be debated thoroughly.

H.E. The President of Malta with Carlo d'Asaro Biondo (Google President EMEA), Fr. Joe Borg (Discussion Moderator) and Dr. Gege Gatt (CEO ebo.ai)

H.E. The President of Malta with Carlo d’Asaro Biondo (Google President EMEA), Fr. Joe Borg (Moderator) and Dr. Gege Gatt (CEO ebo.ai)

Value-Sensitive Design

During the design-phase of technology, social consequences are malleable, but during use these are largely set-in stone. Subsequently technologists must pay attention to ethical issues in early stages of the product’s engineering lifecycle.

In software architecture, we utilise many design frameworks which highlight maintainability, cost-control or efficiency. My proposal is to inject value-sensitive design principles in these architectural paradigms and place such values as litmus tests prior to delivery. These value-sensitive propositions will drive engineers to design technology for inclusivity or for ultimate human well-being. A good example of such principles may be found in the 2017 Asilomar design principles for AI which propose specific value-

sensitive principles which should be adopted in AI deployments.

Value Promotion in an Individualistic Era

Can technology promote values? Can the Internet transmit moral values in an age where individualism has created a digital cacophony of disparate self-centred voices?

I believe that individualism is not an effect of technology. Perhaps social technologies have been an aggravating factor leading to a higher level of self-interest, however technology has merely evidenced the deeply changing society we live in. Individualism as a moral stance implies that a person acts for his or her own interest without concern of societal requirements.

Individualism gained speed when we collectively moved away from belief systems and religions,  when we allowed a xenophobic fear and distrust of strangers to set in, when we expressed a lack of trust in government or structures which have, for years, served us. This social distancing has led to less local, inter-personal relationships and subsequently we have been drawn to the cult of ‘me’. As Derakhshan put it (Wired, 19/10/17): “…instead of a quest for knowledge we see a zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly (but unconsciously) performing”.

For technology to promote values we should focus our efforts on the design phase (see above) and also ensure that at every stage of computing (from acquiring of data to re-transmitting it) we implement and safeguard recognised values. These may include privacy principles relating to fairness, transparency or even social justice. A key value to be promoted in this regard (and perhaps safeguarded through policy) is that of informational self-determination or the capacity of the individual to determine the disclosure and use of his/her data. Similarly, the Internet can transmit values of social justice by ensuring that a larger amount of citizens are allowed access to Government so as to further enrich it. The utilisation of this public resource does not erode the state, it legitimises it further, by providing access to the distributed knowledge that it represents (more on this here).

Ultimately, although technology is centred on abstract engineering functions, it’s a central theme for us humans and we have the responsibility to shape it positively to create a better world.

Discussing 'Connected World' a book by Philip Larrey.

Discussing ‘Connected World’- a book by Philip Larrey.