The Origin of Algorethics

The Call for AI Ethics is a document signed by the Pontifical Academy for Life, Microsoft, IBM, FAO and the Ministry of Innovation, a part of the Italian Government in Rome on February 28th 2020 to promote an ethical approach to artificial intelligence. The idea behind it is to promote a sense of shared responsibility among international organizations, governments, institutions and the private sector in an effort to create a future in which digital innovation and technological progress grant mankind its centrality. Pointing to a new algorethics, the signatories committed to request the development of an artificial intelligence that serves every person and humanity as a whole; that respects the dignity of the human person, so that every individual can benefit from the advances of technology; and that does not have as its sole goal greater profit or the gradual replacement of people in the workplace.

The Rome Call for AI Ethics comprises 3 impact areas and 6 principles.

The Three Impact Areas


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.


Transforming the world through the innovation of AI means undertaking to build a future for and with younger generations.


The development of AI in the service of humankind and the planet must be reflected in regulations and principles that protect people – particularly the weak and the underprivileged – and natural environments.

The Six Principles


In principle, Artificial Intelligence systems must be explainable.


The needs of all human beings must be taken into consideration so that all can benefit form and enjoy the best possible conditions to express themselves and grow.


Designers and developers of Artificial Intelligence solutions must act responsibly and transparently.


Systems should not be created or operated according to bias, in view to protect human equality and dignity.


Artificial Intelligence systems must be able to operate reliably.


Artificial Intelligence systems must work securely and respect the privacy of users.

The signatories to the Rome Call for AI Ethics commit to follow and comply with the above-mentioned principles.