In a world where technological advancements seem to surpass our ability to regulate them, concerns regarding the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in our society are becoming increasingly pertinent. Bishop Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor of Awka raises these concerns in a copy of his report sent to the executive office of RECOWACERAO NEWS AGENCY (RECONA) on the occasion of the 58th World Communications Day, warning against the potential dangers of unregulated AI.

Under the theme “Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Toward Fully Human Communication,” the diocese of Awka organized a week of reflection from May 5th to 12th, shedding light on the ethical implications of this emerging technology. Bishop Ezeokafor emphasizes the importance of designing AI to serve humanity, rather than to dominate or render it superfluous. He underscores that if we lose control over these technologies, the consequences could be disastrous.

One of the primary concerns expressed by Bishop Ezeokafor is the abusive use of technology by youth, particularly through criminal activities such as online fraud. He laments the growing trend of youth engaging in activities like “Yahoo-Yahoo” and other forms of internet fraud, which have become commonplace in certain regions of Nigeria.

The bishop also highlights the importance of education and spiritual development for youth, stating that this can help them resist the temptations of technological abuse and find a balance between technological advancements and moral values. He urges parents to prioritize these aspects of their children’s education, to help them establish connections with their spirituality and channel their energies in a positive direction.