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Archbishop Ssemogerere Raises Concern Over Artificial Intelligence

Drawing from a personal experience visiting a friend in Australia, Archbishop Ssemogerere recounted how his wealthy friend employed a robot to maintain his property, citing frustration with human excuses for not working. Despite the apparent benefits of such technology, Archbishop Ssemogerere cautioned against its detrimental impact on employment and human relationships.
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Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere of Kampala Archdiocese has voiced concerns regarding the potential sabotage of the ongoing National Census exercise by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its contribution to rising unemployment. During his sermon at Lubaga Cathedral on Sunday, as part of the Catholic Church's 58th World Social Communications Day commemoration, Archbishop Ssemogerere highlighted the lack of empathy in computers and their potential for indiscriminate actions.   

He emphasized the impersonal nature of AI, noting that machines lack human sentiments and empathy, leading to actions without regard for human consequences. Archbishop Ssemogerere expressed alarm at the increasing use of complex computers, including robots, which he believes are exacerbating unemployment issues.

 

Drawing from a personal experience visiting a friend in Australia, Archbishop Ssemogerere recounted how his wealthy friend employed a robot to maintain his property, citing frustration with human excuses for not working. Despite the apparent benefits of such technology, Archbishop Ssemogerere cautioned against its detrimental impact on employment and human relationships.

Addressing the challenges encountered during the start of the National Census, Archbishop Ssemogerere lamented the reliance on machines and the resulting lethargy among workers. He criticized the tendency to halt work when faced with technical issues, highlighting the importance of human effort and resilience.  

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In response to the delays experienced during the Census, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) apologized for the technical glitches with the new Computer Aided Personal Interview (CAPI) machines. Alfred Geresom Musamali, Ubos Publicity, and Advocacy Advisor acknowledged public enthusiasm for the Census but regretted the inconvenience caused by the delays attributed to logging-in challenges and software issues. The 2024 National Census marks Uganda's first use of digital technology for data collection, processing, and dissemination, aiming to provide accurate figures for planning, policy formulation, and program implementation.