"The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams."
We are entering an unprecedented era of space exploration. Commercial and private sector space travel, missions to Mars, military space technology, among other things, are all growing at an incredible rate. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and others have made history by creating advances that make space vacations more plausible than ever. As we look forward to the wonders of space, it is important to remember the human impact of our space obsession and the effects it may have on our own planet.
Throughout history, humans have explored new places making both good and bad ethical decisions along the way. As humanity proceeds to explore space, it is important that we learn from the successes and consider issues such as human health, environmental concerns, safety and risk, governance and decision-making, and opportunities and challenges of multidisciplinary and international contexts, and not repeat the mistakes of the past.
In this webinar, "Space Ethics" Author, Brian Patrick Green addresses the many ethical viewpoints on space exploration and travel, providing insight into both the future and the present of the human race to space. View the recording, or follow the Markkula Center on social media for information on future events!
“We are at the beginning of the true space age, and this groundbreaking work is the first to explore the wide array of ethical issues this exciting new era brings to the fore: from space debris to planetary protection to the search for life on other worlds. It is destined to become a classic in the field.”
—Kelly C. Smith, professor of philosophy and biological sciences at Clemson University and president of the Society for Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
Brian Patrick Green is the director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Green teaches AI ethics in the Graduate School of Engineering and formerly taught several other engineering ethics courses. He is coauthor of the Ethics in Technology Practice corporate technology ethics resources.
Brian Green, director of technology ethics, interviewed by Santa Clara University's Illuminate.
Brian Green, director, technology ethics interviewed by NPR's "Are we There yet?" Podcast.
Brian Green, director of technology ethics, discusses his new book, "Space Ethics", on The Space Show Podcast.
A Conversation on Space and Planetary Ethics
Brian Green joins this conversation hosted by Humanity in Deep Space about the serious debate for developing a set of modern, inclusive, enforceable ethical standards for space that extends further than the issue of interference with other forms of life.
Articles on Ethics and Space Exploration
Tech Ethics Program Director Brian Patrick Green discusses the ethical implications of exploring Mars in this compelling podcast.
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The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics staff and affiliated scholars can provide commentary and background information for media on a variety of issues pertaining to the ethics of space exploration and other space related topics.