What is the churhe's view on the validity and role of artificial intelligence?

Hi, I have a 2 part question:

  1. Does the Catholic church have a position for or against personhood for beings with artificial intelligence?

  2. If yes to the above, does the church plan to pursue and convert AIs to their religion?


I doubt they do since true AI is largely still in the realm of science fiction, and 2) even if it became a reality, there’s a strong case to be made that AIs will not be seen to have a soul that needs salvation, it not being human afterall.

What I’m getting from searching is that:

  1. It’s ultimately impossible, because we’re not God and thus can’t give the computer a soul.

  2. It’s possibly heretical to try, and almost certainly ill advised.

This cite, for instance, quotes Pope Benedict as making Icarus allusions with AI research. I can’t find too many reputable cites, though, so I don’t know if he actually said that.

Roger Bacon may have created a Brazen Head, but he never tried to baptize it.