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.


Fall 2015:  Call for papers! For our next book on robot ethics. More info here.

7 Oct 2015:  We are participating in MIT's Solve conference, on the subject of self-driving cars.

9 Oct 2015:  We are participating in UNIDIR's panel (NYC) on cyber and autonomous weapons.

9-11 Nov 2015:  We are participating in UNIDIR's expert meeting (Geneva) on cyber and autonomous cyberweapons.

The Latest News

9 October 2015
The Atlantic
Would You Pull the Trolley Switch? Does it Matter?

7 October 2015
Bloomberg Business
A Stanford Professor's Quest to Fix Driverless Cars' Major Flaw

7 October 2015
The Biggest Challenge for Driverless Cars: Getting Rid of the Drivers

8 September 2015
Audi Urban Future Initiative
Autonomous Driving Raises Ethical Issues

August 2015
Communications of the ACM
The Moral Challenges of Driverless Cars

19 August 2015
Defense One
Predator Maker Is Flying Spy Missions For the Pentagon

3 August 2015
MIT Technology Review
Military Robots: Armed, but How Dangerous?

31 July 2015
The Guardian (UK)
A Ban on Autonomous Weapons is Easier Said Than Done

29 July 2015
MIT Technology Review
How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions

28 July 2015
The Christian Science Monitor
Robots in War: Ethical Concern, or a Help for Social Ills?

22 July 2015
Defense One
In The War of 2050, The Robots Call The Shots

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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