News  |    |  November 11, 2019

Church needed as moral voice as AI technology expands, expert says

News article by Charles C. Camosy.
Published in Crux.


Brian Patrick Green is the director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. His work is focused on the ethics of technology, including such topics as artificial intelligence (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, 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. He spoke to Charles Camosy.

Camosy: Can you tell us how you became interested and indeed expert in AI ethics?

Green: My undergraduate degree was in genetics from the University of California, Davis, and I worked in molecular biology and biotech there, but ultimately I discovered that lab work was not for me. I had dreamed of being a scientist since I was a child, so this was very confusing and I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I made what turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life and joined the Jesuit Volunteers International. I later had it pointed out to me that I had unconsciously followed a piece of good advice – “If you don’t know what to do, help people.” . . .