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The Vatican Ponders Robot Films

Posted 3 Dec 2004 at 23:54 UTC by steve Share This

According to a ZENIT news release, the Vatican is thinking about robots. They've decided to make the relationship between man and machines the topic of their annual Third-Millennium Spiritual Film Festival. And to coincide with the film festival, a study congress sponsored by the pontifical councils for Social Communications and for Culture, will reflect on the ethical questions posed by "Man-Machine Hybridization". Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said that "the machine seems to be the negation of man and robotics the annulment of the spiritual dimension." But he also goes on to say that modern man cannot do without technology. It sounds like some weird stuff - hopefully the full text of the council's study will be made available later.

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