World Communication Day: AI not greater than human wisdom – Gov

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti & Babatunde Ayedoju

The Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has described Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an effective communication tool that journalists should embrace, but was quick to add that AI can never replace the intelligence of the human being who made it.

Aiyedatiwa made the assertion on Sunday while addressing newsmen at the 58th edition of World Communication Day, held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral Church, Akure.

The Governor who was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Information and Orientation, Mrs. Toyin Onisile, explained that anything that is artificial cannot be original, noting that the life in man makes man unique among other creatures.

He said, “If human beings have been created in the likeness of God, what can be compared to us? The Bible says that no servant is greater than his master. That means artificial intelligence cannot be greater than the wisdom of man.

“It’s a tool created to make our work easier, but that doesn’t mean what has been made is greater than the one who made it.”

The Governor also admonished journalists to stick to the truth in their reportage, as the state’s governorship election approaches.

Global head of the Roman Catholic Church, in his message which was read by Miss Praise Amarachi, stressed that the kind of wisdom in man cannot be replaced by any device, though machine contains limitless abilities to store data.

He said that it is important to understand, appreciate and regulate this ICT tool which in the wrong hands can lead to disturbing scenarios.

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The guest speaker who spoke on “Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Towards a fully Human Communication”, Dr Emmanuel Ibam, described AI as a hybrid of expertise from various fields of knowledge meant to aid different types of learners.

Talking about the ICT format which has been in existence for about eight decades, Dr Ibam said, “AI is not greater than humans because humans created it. It’s just that it can bypass human limitations such as old age, decreased sight and ill health.”

Earlier in his homily, the Vicar-General of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Very Reverend Father Dominic Adeosun, who described communication as the process of disseminating information which every human being is involved in, noted that some people have taken further steps to be professionals in it.

Eulogising journalists and the role they play in human and national development, Father Adeosun said, “through you the whole world has become a global village. Some of you go to danger zones to bring news to us. We appreciate you. God bless you.”

While saying that the aim of communication is to promote peace, the senior clergyman traced the origin of communication to the creation of man by the Holy Trinity in the book of Genesis when the Godhead said, “let us make man in our image and likeness.”

Addressing newsmen, Chairman of NUJ Ondo State Council, Prince Leke Adegbite, who described the originators of World Communication Day as heroes added that the day is an opportunity for journalists to review their activities for the past one year, even as he also emphasised the need for mass media to prioritise the truth in their report at all times.

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Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has called on professional journalists, to rise against what he called any  legislation that would further approve the use of artificial intelligence to the detriment of humanity.

The Catholic Priest, represented by his Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Felix Odesanmi, made the call on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, while delivery his sermon as part of activities marking World  Communications Day, held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Bishop called on the media professionals to raise their voice against what he called the dangers associated with artificial intelligence.

“Artificial intelligence has no thinking, no conscience, where those two things are lacking, there is danger. Otherwise, the future of the world is very bleak.

“Our world is in bondage today, In Nigeria. Look at the level of unemployment in Nigeria, all the technological giants are reducing the workforce with “AI”, human beings are only looking for financial gain, it is a direct affront to God.

“Let us raise our voice against artificial intelligence, there should be restriction to areas of where to use it. It would cause a lot of confusion in our world”, he stressed.

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