How Pope Francis could shape the future of robotics. A BBC News article about the workshop ‘Roboethics: Humans, Machines and Health’, hosted by The Pontifical Academy for Life. It might not be the first place you imagine when you think about robots. But in the Renaissance splendour of the Vatican, thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, scientists, ethicists and theologians gather to discuss the future of robotics. The ideas go to the heart of what it means to be human and could define future generations on the planet.