Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, is in the United States from September 2nd to September 6th, 2019.
The visit is part of preparations for the next Pontifical Academy for Life Assembly on Artificial Intelligence, from 26 to 28 February, with the participation of Microsoft and IBM.
Abp. Paglia’s first appointment was with students at Loyola Marymount University(Los Angeles) on September 3 and was focused on the theme of on Global Bioethics. During this meeting Abp. Paglia outlined the topics covered by Pope Francis in the Humana Communitas Letter, published last January to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Pontifical Academy for Life. In this text Pope Francis referred to the importance of addressing the unprecedented challenges posed by so called “emerging and convergent” technologies (ICTs, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics). Recent advances in physics, genetics and neuroscience have made profound interventions in human life possible. The human body is also susceptible to such intervention, which can change in the way it works, as individuals and in the society as a whole (Humana Communitas, paragraph 12).
At the Loyola Marymount University Abp. Paglia was introduced by Prof. Roberto Dell'Oro, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Academics of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Here the text of Abp. Paglia' speech.