A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.
Preparing Generation Z to Make Ethical Choices
In an article for The Mercury News, Yael Kidron discusses the need for character education in shaping the moral compass of Generation Z.
"Character education is the deliberate, proactive attempt to foster the skills, attitudes, motives and beliefs that lead to pro-social and ethical behavior," Kidron says. "Character education is less prevalent in secondary than in elementary schools, although it is critically important in adolescence," she adds.
Ethical Design for New Technology
An article in Catholic San Francisco discusses Brian Green's work with the Order of Preachers for Technology, Information and Communication (OPTIC) to engage technology companies in conversations about building a more ethical world.
“Technology makes us more efficient at the courses of action that we choose, good or evil, and we should want to be efficient at doing good and inefficient at doing evil," Green said. "If we are instead efficient at evil and inefficient at good we will live in a terrible world.”
Tech Companies Take Action Against Hate Speech
Faculty scholar Jo-Ellen Pozner is quoted in an article in The Independent about Silicon Valley tech companies speaking out and taking action against bigotry, following the violence that took place in Charlottesville.
“There’s an evangelist streak to a lot of the companies that get attention,” said Pozner. “If you’re putting that front and center in your corporate mission and vision and the communications you have internally and externally, and you’re confronted with a value-based challenge - you said you’re a company that wants to make the world a better place, and now you have to do it.” (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Health Care Repeal Efforts
In an article for the San Francisco Chronicle, David DeCosse objects to the libertarian argument for "freedom" as it pertains to a person's decision to get health care insurance.
"'Freedom' in an American political context is a potent word," DeCosse says. "But it has proved an unsuccessful battle cry in the health care debate because the notion of freedom invoked by the opponents of Obamacare is deeply incorrect.
"Misplaced pride about freedom...blinds one to the vulnerability of others," DeCosse says. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Addressing a Scandal
In an article for the Los Angeles Times, Kirk Hanson comments on USC's medical school scandal, suggesting that President C.L. Max Nikias likely ought to recuse himself from the ongoing investigation.
“It would be best practice to have the board supervise the investigation and discuss findings without him present,” Hanson said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Future of Artificial Intelligence
In an interview by Crux, Brian Green discusses future ethical considerations regarding the growing influence of artificial intelligence.
"Ultimately, AI gives us just what all technology does - better tools for achieving what we want," Green said. "The deeper question then becomes 'What do we want?' and even more so 'What should we want?' If we want evil, then evil we shall have, with great efficiency and abundance. If instead we want goodness, then through diligent pursuit we might be able to achieve it." (Credit: Dr. Michel Royon/Wikimedia Commons.)
In an article for The Register-Guard, Ann Skeet comments on the ethical considerations for the NFL and football fans in general, in light of a recent study about chronic traumatic encephalopathy in former football players.
“This could be akin to the tobacco companies sitting on information about the harms of tobacco,” Skeet said. “They do have obligations to their employees to keep them safe. Whether that’s written down in the law or you see that as a moral obligation, it’s considered a basic fundamental. You should be able to do your work safely.” (AP Photo/Peter Anfrews)
A Vacation from Social Media
In an article for recode, Irina Raicu discusses the way social media platforms like Facebook can become a public performance while on vacation.
"If Facebook is a diary, it’s one from which you read out loud in a public park — or at least at a motley gathering of friends, relatives and colleagues," Raicu says. "Traveling with others means enforced physical closeness and a heightened sense of synchronously shared new experiences. It makes one realize what social media does and does not provide."
(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Content Monitoring on Facebook
In an article for KQED, Irina Raicu comments on the challenge Facebook has in monitoring and removing potentially innapropriate content.
“Whether it’s humans or software making the decisions, moderating content is hard,” Raicu says. “The real issue with Facebook is we don’t really know how those decisions are being made.” (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Privacy Protection Concerns
In an article on WAMU.org, Ann Skeet comments on the decision by a non-profit agency to use confidential information it mistakenly received about homeless residents.
“A better alternative would have been for the non-profit agency to allow the government agency to reach out to these people and say, ‘Hey, there’s a non-profit agency that would like to offer services to you and they have your information,'” Skeet said. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)