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.


26-28 June 2017:  We are co-organizing the International Association for Computing and Philosophy's annual conference at Stanford.

1-3 August 2017:  We are co-organizing an NSF-funded workshop on the ethics of cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence at the University of Iceland.

8 October 2017:  We will be giving a plenary talk on AI ethics at the National Academy of Engineering's annual meeting in Washington DC.

The Latest News

22 July 2017
PC Magazine
Are Autonomous Vehicle Tests a Public Hazard?

17 July 2017
World Economic Forum
Why Cyberattacks Could Be War Crimes

17 July 2017
How Worried Should You Be About the AK-47 Company’s New Killer Robots?

14 July 2017
The Atlantic
When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?

12 July 2017
Autonomous Navigation: How To Drive Neighborhoods Crazy

12 July 2017
Augmented Reality: It's Fun And Games Until You Make Your Neighborhood Mad

5 July 2017
The Guardian (UK)
Sex Robots Promise 'Revolutionary' Service But Also Risks, Says Study

2 June 2017
If Hacking Back Becomes Law, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

31 May 2017
Is It Ethical for These Researchers to Pay Hackers for Access to Malware Before It’s Unleashed?

7 May 2017
German Press Agency (DPA)
When Driving Computers Decide About Life and Death

Major Publications

•   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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