Brian P. Green

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Brian Patrick Green is the director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and author of "Space Ethics." His work is focused on the ethics of technology, including such topics as AI and ethics, the ethics of space exploration and use, the ethics of technological manipulation of humans, the ethics of mitigation of and adaptation towards risky emerging technologies (including ones with catastrophic risk potential), and various aspects of the impact of technology and engineering on human life and society, including the relationship of technology and religion (particularly the Catholic Church). Green teaches AI ethics in the Graduate School of Engineering and formerly taught several other engineering ethics courses. He is co-author of the Ethics in Technology Practice corporate technology ethics resources. Green is a member of the Safety-Critical AI working group at Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society. He has been published, interviewed, or mentioned in media including America, The Atlantic, The China Global Television Network,, The Daily Beast, IEET, Nature, NBC Bay Area, Religion News Service, Revista Instituto Humanitas Unisinos (Brazil), Revue Boussole (France), The San Jose Mercury News, and

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  • "One of the things happening right now, in western culture at least, is this recognition that this exploitative mindset has been very bad in lots of ways, not only has it hurt large numbers of people and had lingering effects on how we treat each other, but it also has had damaging effects on the environment."

    20 September 2022
  • And no one thinks companies will completely stop using A.I. Brian Green, the director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, near San Francisco, says it's become too important of a tool to drop. “The fear of going out of business trumps the fear of discrimination,” Green says.

    4 June 2021
  • "The arguments in favor of exploring space involve developing science and technology (and indeed space exploration has already resulted in incredible gains in knowledge and technology as well, such as GPS), preserving the human species (and other Earth life) off-planet in case of existential disaster, and seeking human purpose in the cosmos. But we have to ask, ethically, is it worth it?"

    4 June 2021