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Media Mentions

A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.


Activist holding poster with photo of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (AP Images/Lefteris Pitarakis).

Saudi journalist’s disappearance is latest dilemma for Uber and tech industry

“This is no different than the calculations companies have to make whenever they consider relationships with repressive governments, or even working within countries governed by repressing regimes,” said Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, on Friday.

Irina Raicu quoted in an article in The Mercury News (AP Images/Lefteris Pitarakis).

Michael Duran, a plaintiff in a sex abuse settlement with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, holds up pictures of himself when he was a child (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file).

Livestreamed panel at Santa Clara U to examine sex abuse 'catastrophe'

A "powerful, new moment in the ongoing crisis" of sexual abuse and authority exploitation in the Catholic Church will be the focus of an Oct. 9 panel discussion at Santa Clara University. Titled "The Catholic Church and the Catastrophe of Clergy Sexual Abuse," the noon event at the Jesuit university's de Saisset Museum will feature four panelists [...]

The approximately 90 minutes of presentations and open discussion will be livestreamed, according to Miriam Schulman, associate director of Santa Clara's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the event's lead sponsor.

Miriam Schulman and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics mentioned in National Catholic Reporter (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes).

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Businesses try to ethically, safely apply artificial intelligence in workplace

“The world already has plenty of problems in it. And A-I and robotics and machine learning technologies are going to take the problems we already have and amplify them,” Green told me. “Is this dangerous? Is this risky? And the answer is I think clearly yes.”

Brian Green quoted in CTGN America (AP Images/Diether Endlicher).

Santa Clara Turns to Ethics for Guidance on Clergy Scandal

For bishops, Markkula Center’s former executive director Kirk Hanson suggests considering disclosure of more rather than less negative information as a form of trust building.

For other organizations, Markkula Center Director of Bioethics Margaret McLean provides lessons from the scandal that can be applied in other contexts such as health care.

Markkula Director of Campus Ethics David DeCosse reinforces the need for outrage as well as hope, lest we fall into cynicism, and reminds us that “our very revulsion at what happened testifies to the enduring basis of ethics: our most fundamental intuitions of good and evil.”

And for Church leaders who will ultimately reckon with the changes that must at long last be implemented, Markkula’s Senior Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet lays out the warning signs of unhealthy culture, and offers a reminder that it is the people of the church – not the institution – that should be the focus of protective reforms.

Kirk Hanson, Margaret McLean, David DeCosse and Ann Skeet quoted on The Valley Catholic.

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Sloan Kettering Controversies: Trust is the Public Foundation of Medical Research

The controversies at Sloan underscore the importance of commonly endorsed ethical ideals and associated practices in medical research. They also raise questions about whether we need to develop new ethical practices as research becomes more technologically, socially, and institutionally complex.

Ann Mongoven, Associate Director of Health Care Ethics, featured in (AP Image/Peter Morrison).

Nonprofit ethics: VMC Foundation leads in Silicon Valley

The yearlong effort to win the institute’s Seal of Excellence also made the hospital foundation the first nonprofit of any kind on the West Coast to earn the accreditation, aside from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Markkula is the institute’s West Coast replication partner and guided VMCF’s effort.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was mentioned in an article in Santa Clara County Newsbeat.

12 Organizations Saving Humanity from the Dark Side of AI

Leading educational institutions like University of Oxford (Future of Humanity Institute), University of Cambridge (Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence), University of Berkeley (Center for Human-Compatible AI), Santa Clara University (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) and many others have programs devoted to understanding the long-term impact of AI and exploring ways to keep it beneficial for humanity.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics mentioned in Medium.

Photo of DJ Patil

Care about AI ethics? What you can do, starting today

For further detail, I highly recommend DJ and his co-authors’ (Hilary Mason and Mike Loukides) excellent and free e-book, “Ethics and Data Science”, available here. Many thanks to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and other hosts for helping to convene this discussion.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics mentioned in Medium.

Honda's ASIMO robot conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as it performs

Comment John Steinbeck nous permet de confronter l’intelligence artificielle à l’intelligence humaine

Ces derniers temps, de nombreux experts en sciences humaines ont exprimé leur crainte que l’intelligence artificielle ne puisse éliminer des choses "que nous tenons pour bon[nes]". Ils soulignent, par exemple, le risque de déqualification morale, dans un temps où les prises de décision sont guidées par des algorithmes ; ils notent aussi ce qui pourrait être perdu, ou amoindri, avec l’apparition de robots domestiques ; ils s’interrogent enfin à propos du rôle, en général, que joueront les humains quand l’apprentissage machine et les réseaux de neurones prendront des décisions influençant la vie humaine. 

Director of Internet Ethics, Irina Raicu's article published in France Culture (AP Images/Paul Sancya).

Tradeoff Negotiation: The Importance of Getting in the Game

Swiss-CHAT’s playful approach to public rationing can be considered in terms of deliberative process design as well as in terms of health policy. The process’ forced negotiation of trade-offs exposed unexamined driving questions, and challenged prevalent presumptions about health care demand and about conditions of public reasoning that enable transparent rationing. While the experiment provided grounds for optimism that public deliberation can contribute to the design of fair insurance service-packages, it also left unanswered questions. What are the ethical and policy implications of non-consensuses? What is the presumed relationship between process and justice of outcome?

Exerpted from an article by Ann Mongoven in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management.