Based at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group is a non-partisan organization focused on the risk, ethical, and social impact of emerging sciences and technologies.


13-17 April 2015: On "killer robots", Dr. Patrick Lin will speak at the United Nations' CCW arms-control meeting of experts in Geneva. More info here.

5 June 2015: We are co-organizing a workshop on robot-car ethics at Stanford University. More info here.

The Latest News

Summer 2015
The Wilson Quarterly
Future Wars: Reshaping the Ethics and Norms of War

24 June 2015
Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?

22 June 2015
The Hurdles Facing Autonomous Vehicles

18 June 2015
International Business Times (UK)
You or the Pedestrian: Ethics of Autonomous Cars Making Emergency Decisions to Save Lives

6 June 2015
PC World
Google Reveals Its Self-Driving Car Accident Record

11 May 2015
Wall Street Journal
Should Washington Allow Companies to Strike Back Against Hackers?

20 April 2015
The Atlantic
Do Killer Robots Violate Human Rights?

27 March 2015
A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

Military Enhancement Report

January 2013:  We released a new report on enhancement technologies in the military. Click here for related links.

Robot Ethics Book

Jan 2012:  We published a new book with MIT Press, Robot Ethics: The Social and Ethical Implications of Robotics, the first volume of its kind. Please click here for some reviews.

Nanoethics Book

Mar 2010:  We published a new book with Wiley-Blackwell, What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does It Matter?: From Science to Ethics. Please click here for some reviews.

Human Enhancement Ethics Report

Aug 2009:  We released a new report, Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers, funded by the US National Science Foundation.

Military Robot Ethics Report

Dec 2008: We released a new report, Autonomous Military Robotics: Risk, Ethics, and Design, funded by the US Office of Naval Research.

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