The Common Good
in the Digital Age

Vatican City State | 26-28 September 2019


Recent developments in the area of digital technologies, especially concerning artificial intelligence have generated a wide debate about the social, ethical and political implications of these changes.  Many international organizations, professional groups and governments are promoting reflection on these changes with a view to ensuring that they serve the good of all human beings.


Acknowledging the importance of these issues, and based on Pope Francis’ encouragement to find new ways of dialoguing about how we are shaping the future of our planet (Laudato Si’, 14), the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) and the Pontifical Council for Culture (PCC) will organise a seminar of experts to foster an in-depth debate on the topic of the common good in the digital age.


Vatican, 26-28 September 2019

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Under each session heading in the programme below, you will find an explanation of the session and of the relative group work. The methodology of the seminar allows for (and requires) maximum participation by all invited guests, each one of them an expert in their field. The main aim of the seminar is a fruitful discussion as a start to an ongoing dialogue that extends beyond the limits of this meeting.


Conclusive remarks

During the three days of the seminar, we had the pleasure to witness a very high level of presentations and reflections from different panelists, with an open dialogue and interaction among participants on the impact of new technology (AI, robotics, big data, etc.) on the Common Good. 

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