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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: A Podcast About Ethics

Wild Beasts, inspired by a famous quote from modern philosopher, Albert Camus, the new podcast from the Ethics Center analyzes current events from the perspective of applied ethics. 

Ethics plays a central role in how these issues are framed–or, perhaps more importantly, in how these issues are understood by society at large. Every news headline is ripe for ethical dissection. “Wild Beasts” strives to give voice to that dissection, and to share its findings with a wider audience. 

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More Wild Beasts Episodes

Ahmed Amer on the Ethical Implications of Data Storage

Ahmed Amer, associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University and expert on the topic of data storage, explore the question, "How much data do we really need to store?"

Subbu Vincent on Ethics and Broadcast News

This episode features a conversation with Subbu Vincent, Director of Media and Journalism Ethics at the Markkula Center. Why did Fox News fire Tucker Carlson? And why did CNN fire Don Lemon? Do broadcast news networks follow any code of ethics? 

The Ethics of Voting: John Pelissero on Voting Rights and Voter Suppression

Are laws always ethical? How have voting rights recently been restricted within the United States? Are state officials abusing their power in unethical ways to change voting regulations? John Pelissero, director of government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics discusses voting rights, disinformation, discrimination, and voter suppression.

Why do Virtual bodies Matter? Ethics and Extended Reality

Wild Beasts Host, Courtney Davis ’21 chats with Professor, Erick Ramirez, associate professor, philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, Santa Clara University.

What is the difference between virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality? What is Snapchat dysmorphia? What is the state of the Metaverse? How might these new technologies change the way we form our identities? Who should have control over our bodies in virtual spaces?

Do Venture Capitalists Care About Ethics? Tracy Barba on Venture Capital and ESG

Where do financial interests and ESG concerns collide? How do venture capitalists navigate important issues such as the climate crisis, ethics, and diversity? Tracy Barba, director of venture and equity ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics discusses ESG within a venture capital context.

Has Social Media Stolen our Agency?

Irina Raicu, director of internet ethics, Subbu Vincent, director of journalism and media ethics, and Don Heider, executive director, all discuss the impact of social media on personal agency, the workplace, and more.

Is AI Ripping Society Apart? Brian Green on Ethics and Generative AI

Why do technology ethicists disagree about the future of AI? What is societal informed consent? Brian Green is the director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. His work is focused on the ethics of technology, including AI.



Line of Sight Podcast

In the heart of Silicon Valley, idea to market happens at light speed. But at what cost? The answer isn’t always obvious and often leads to unintended consequences, both locally and globally. On the flip side, innovative ideas, policies, and technologies are being advanced to bring about a more just, ethical, and sustainable world. Line of Sight presents a unique view of innovation by bringing technologists, entrepreneurs, and visionaries into provocative conversations with two of the world’s top thought leaders in the fields of social justice and ethics, Santa Clara University’s Brigit Helms and Don Heider. Whether you are interested in Silicon Valley ideation, global changemakers, movers and shakers, or thought leadership from the region’s first incubator of ideas, this is the podcast for you.

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