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.


14 December 2019:  We are participating in the AI for Social Good workshop at NeurIPS in Vancouver.

16-7 April 2020:  We are co-organizing the AI & Future Arctic Conflicts workshop in Ottawa.

18-19 June 2020:  We are organizing a workshop on AI/predictive policing at Santa Clara's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

The Latest News

20 Sept 2020
When AI in Healthcare Goes Wrong, Who Is Responsible?

8 June 2020
Gods and Robots

18 May 2020
The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles

3 April 2020
Center for a New American Security
Dr. Patrick Lin Joins the CNAS Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security

31 March 2020
Christian Science Monitor
Hypersonic Missiles May Be Unstoppable. Is Society Ready?

22 January 2020
Cal Poly News
Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Awarded Grant to Study Predictive Policing

13 November 2019
Carnegie Council
AI in the Arctic: Future Opportunities & Ethical Concerns

28 October 2019
Christian Science Monitor
As AI Joins Battlefield, Pentagon Seeks Ethicist

14 October 2019
Wall Street Journal
The Worlds That AI Might Create

4 September 2019
Defense Systems
The Pentagon Is Looking for an AI Ethicist

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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