Pope Francis and Apple CEO Tim Cook Meet Again in Italy

UTC by Benjamin Godfrey · 3 min read
Pope Francis and Apple CEO Tim Cook Meet Again in Italy
Photo: Vatican News / Facebook

Speaking to students in Naples, Cook reiterated his excitement about what the future holds when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and Tim Cook, the Chief Executive Officer of American multinational tech giant Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) met in Italy for the second time. According to a report by the Catholic News Agency, the meeting took place today, after Cook has spent a few days on his visit to Italy.

There is a somewhat divergent significance to the meeting as it took place on the eve of the feast day of the pope’s namesake, St. Francis of Assisi — known for embracing radical poverty. Tim Cook and the organization he represents are not known to have any form of association with poverty.

Apple is the most valuable publicly listed company in the world, and prior to the current economic meltdown, the company’s market capitalization topped $3 trillion in June, setting a new world record.

The meeting between the Pope and Cook has shown emphasis that technology has its place in contributing to the broader evolution of religion. While the two personalities talked privately and the details of their chat were not made known, the meeting was symbolic of the fact that the Pope is not completely against the use of cellphones as he has often advised people to focus on personal communication in the past.

“Free yourself from the addiction to mobile phones,” he told young people in 2019. “When you become a slave to your mobile phone, you lose your freedom.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook and the Future of Article Intelligence

The visit of Tim Cook to Italy will not be complete unless reference is given to the honorary degree he was awarded by the University of Naples Federico II. The award came after Cook inaugurated the first Apple Developer Academy in Europe in Naples.

Speaking to students in Naples, Cook reiterated his excitement about what the future holds when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Cook said by design, AI is billed to touch every aspect of our lives.

“I’m super excited about augmented reality. … So I think that if you, and this will happen clearly not too long from now, if you look back at a point in time, you know, zoom out to the future and look back, you’ll wonder how you led your life without augmented reality,” he said.

As far as the Pope is concerned, AI is not bad in itself, provided it will be a technology that will not work against people over time.

It is hard to find the balance in this regard as every technology can be exploited by bad actors as we have seen with cryptocurrencies which some use for money laundering as alleged by regulators around the world. To meet the Pope’s wish, proper global regulations will also have to be put in place to guide all builders in the AI ecosystem.

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Benjamin Godfrey

Benjamin Godfrey is a blockchain enthusiast and journalists who relish writing about the real life applications of blockchain technology and innovations to drive general acceptance and worldwide integration of the emerging technology. His desires to educate people about cryptocurrencies inspires his contributions to renowned blockchain based media and sites. Benjamin Godfrey is a lover of sports and agriculture.

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