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.


8 Nov 2018:  We are participating in an AI & society workshop at Stanford, organized by The Royal Society UK.

9 Nov 2018:  We are participating in technology ethics workshop at the World Economic Forum's Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, at the Presidio.

The Latest News

3 December 2018
Harvard Kennedy School
The Moral Gray Space of AI Decisions

14 November 2018
Karel Čapek Center for Values in Science and Technology
An Interview with Prof. Patrick Lin

24 October 2018
Scientific American
Survey Polls the World: Should a Self-Driving Car Save Passengers, or Kids in the Road?

24 October 2018
Army Magazine
Engineering Super-Soldiers: Boost in Lethality May Come from Within

17 October 2018
We Need to Work Harder to Make Software Engineering More Ethical

15 October 2018
Would 'Deviant' Sex Robots Violate Asimov's Law of Robotics?

15 October 2018
Project Syndicate
An AI Wake-Up Call From Ancient Greece

2 July 2018
United Nations, Office of Disarmament Affairs
Eighth Biennial Report of the Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education

July 2018
National Academy of Engineering
Autonomy on Land and Sea and in the Air and Space

12 July 2018
World Economic Forum
Artificial Islands, Robo-Ships, Sleepless Soldiers. Is This the Future of the Arctic?

14 June 2018
New Yorker
Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space

12 June 2018
Washington Post
When It Comes to AI and Weapons, the Tech World Needs Philosophers

21 May 2018
Harvard Business Review
Active Defense and "Hacking Back": A Primer

More news here.

Selected Publications

•   Book: Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence, with Oxford University Press

•   Report: UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Traffic Management: Recommendations for Seamless Integration, with WhiteFox Defense Technologies

•   Report: Ethics of Hacking Back: 6 Arguments from Armed Conflict to Zombies, funded by the US National Science Foundation

•   Report: Autonomous Vehicles, Ethics & Law: Toward an Overlapping Consensus, with New America Foundation

•   Chapter: Why Ethics Matter for Autonomous Cars, in a Daimler and Benz Foundation book

•   Report: Enhanced Warfighters: Ethics, Risk, and Policy, funded by The Greenwall Foundation

•   Book: Robot Ethics: The Social and Ethical Implications of Robotics, with MIT Press

•   Book: What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does It Matter?: From Science to Ethics, with Wiley-Blackwell

•   Report: Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers, funded by the US National Science Foundation

•   Report: Autonomous Military Robotics: Risk, Ethics, and Design, funded by the US Office of Naval Research

More publications here.

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