Ethics are timeless. As I’ve been reminded over the past year with the emergence of powerful AI-driven technologies, new ethical challenges are always just around the bend. Examples like artificial intelligence emphasize the importance of having access to a solid foundation of ethical principles, like those outlined in the Ethics Center’s Framework for Ethical Decision Making.
Many of the programs developed this past academic year were designed to help society address the ethical dilemmas of the day as well as those not yet in sight. The year closed out with the launch of our Institute for Technology, Ethics, and Culture (ITEC), a collaboration with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education, and its handbook, “Ethics in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: An Operational Roadmap.” The new resource offers a practical roadmap to help organizations address the ethical complexities associated with disruptive technologies such as AI.
Expanding the Ethics Center’s areas of focus this past year was the creation of the Lucas Institute for Venture Ethics and the hiring of its director, Tracy Barba. The institute is the first and only organization focused solely on the study and promotion of applied venture ethics.
I encourage you to explore further into this report to learn more about these and the many other projects we’ve developed this past year with the support of generous donors like you. And for those new to the Ethics Center, we look forward to getting to know you.
Ethics in Action
Highlights of the Ethics Center’s work from the 2022-23 academic year:
Ethics is crucial to every professional field, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics develops programs, resources, and insights in many disciplines.
A Santa Clara University Center of Distinction
|Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
|Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
|Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
|activates the Jesuit, Catholic character of Santa Clara University by encouraging students, faculty, staff, and community to embrace the Ignatian worldview in reflection, discernment, and action.
|brings the traditions of ethical thinking to bear on real-world problems to make choices that respect and care for others.
|combines the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley with the Jesuit heritage of serving the poor and protecting the planet to accelerate social enterprises around the world.