Abuja, 05 July, 2023 / 9:24 pm (ACI Africa).
The National Director of Social Communications in Nigeria is cautioning Catholic leaders and media practitioners against the temptation “to ignore” problem-solving and decision-making capabilities mediated by computers as opposed to the human mind, popularly known as Artificial Intelligence (AI).
In his message published Tuesday, July 4, Fr. Michael Nsika Umoh says, “The beauty and challenges of the AI technology in particular is one which Catholic leaders and media practitioners cannot afford to ignore, as we have often acted towards many other past technologies.”
Fr. Umoh adds, “To say the least, the AI has the existential capacity to determine ‘what is’, without boundaries.”
He underscores the need to invest time, talent, and resources to enhance full participation in engaging contemporary technology “because the consequence for lateness or indifference can be very devastating.”
“To my fellow Catholics in the media industry, there are real serious tasks before us, which we should be preoccupied with,” the Nigerian Catholic Priest says, adding, “Unless we are united and well-coordinated, we may simply get too busy with our desires, and achieve nothing in the end.”