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Two-Thirds of Americans Surveyed are Concerned With AI’s Impact on the Human Race

Eighty-three Percent Believe AI Should be Government Regulated

A new report, Ethics in the Age of AI,  outlines how Americans feel about artificial intelligence (AI) from an ethical standpoint. The Markkula Center and its Institute for Technology, Ethics, and Culture (ITEC) surveyed 3,000 Americans aged 18+ and found that they have concerns about the technology’s impact on the human race.

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Ethics in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: An Operational Roadmap

By José Roger Flahaux, Brian Patrick Green, and Ann Skeet

"Ethics in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: An Operational Roadmap,” or, more briefly, the “ITEC Handbook,” offers organizations a strategic plan to enhance ethical management practices, empowering them to navigate the complex landscape of disruptive technologies such as AI, machine learning, encryption, tracking, and others while upholding strong ethical standards.

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Wild Beasts: A Podcast About Ethics

"A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world." ~Albert Camus

“Wild Beasts” analyzes current events from the perspective of applied ethics. Who is responsible for creating a sustainable future for AI? Why are state legislators passing restrictive voting bills? What is woke capitalism? Who ought to have control over our bodies in virtual reality? What is the fate of social media? 

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All About Ethics: Perspectives From Across the Center
Protests in and around Columbia University in support of Palestine and against Israeli occupation. A side gate by the bookstore where the crowd is—inside and out. Protests in and around Columbia University in support of Palestine and against Israeli occupation. A side gate by the bookstore where the crowd is—inside and out. Photo by SWinxy, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Of the roughly 2000+ stories on protests, conflict and violence on U.S. university campuses during Apr 29-May 3, a mere 23 stories or roughly 1% ran with headlines about agreements and deals universities struck with students.

United States Supreme Court Building. Image by Mark Thomas from Pixabay.

Who can create the most artful hypothetical and are hypotheticals just a clever way to avoid the plain truth?

Images of four brains with implants.

On the multifaceted ethical issues presented by brain implants and AI, and efforts to address them.

Featured Ethics Spotlights
Generative Artificial Intelligence including text, computer generated images.

Throughout history, new technologies have disrupted society in different ways–some positively and some negatively–from steam-powered engines and electricity, to the Internet, and now again with artificial intelligence (AI); generative AI in particular in this instance. The creation of art, journalism, education, and the very truth itself have all been tested by the use of ChatGPT and other generative AIs. Markkula Center staff and scholars unpack some of the many related ethical dilemmas in this Ethics Spotlight.

The U.S. Flag and Constitution, semi-automatic guns, a shooter with AR-15, and a human hand held in the air to block or stop the action.

The gun debate has again reached a fever pitch in the shadow of several horrific mass shootings. Ethics Center staff and faculty interrogate the moral and ethical issues associated with gun use and regulation.

Laura Sanchez, right, holds her 2-month-old son, Lizandro, while receiving a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a registered nurse, Noleen Nobleza at a vaccine clinic set up in the parking lot of CalOptima in Orange, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 that more than 80% of the people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in CA

While vaccines provide protection for individuals and communities against severe disease and death, this fight is far from over as we see infection rates climb, especially among children who cannot be vaccinated. Ethics Center staff and scholars analyze the critical questions in this Ethics Spotlight.

An Industry Leader in Ethics Consultation

For more than 35 years, the Ethics Center has helped individuals and organizations make better decisions and includes offering fee-for-service options for organizations that want a customized approach to building training programs, case studies, and other materials.

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Michael Garanzini, S.J.

Garanzini brings perspective on higher education, philosophy, and religion to the Ethics Center advisory board.

Leaders in business, civil sector, government, and academia at the AI Roundtable with Congressman Ro Khanna held March 18, 2024 at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Leadership takes many forms, and often the most important thing leaders can do is listen. Leaders from industry, civil society, and academia met with Congressman Khanna to inform his thinking about AI regulation.

Brian Green speaks on a panel at SCU faculty development event on Feb. 6, 2024.

Ethics Center faculty and staff explore the ethical considerations of generative AI and help SCU faculty and students examine these issues within academic setting.

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ESG Resource Center

Ethics Helps Companies Operationalize ESG Reporting

Companies are under extreme pressure from customers, investors, and the government to begin accounting for how they are performing in these non-financial matters, and this new set of resources will help them more efficiently operationalize ESG reporting.

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Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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Evaluating Culture for Ethics

Our Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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Ethics Center Fellow, Joan Harrington, quoted by the Detroit Free Press.

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Brian Green, director, technology ethics, quoted by NPR.

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Brian Green, director, technology ethics, featured in a video by Popular Mechanics.

Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

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