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.


31 May-1 June 2018:  We will be participating at the Forum on Trust and Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles at MIT Media Lab/Harvard Law School.

18-19 June 2018:  We are co-organizing a workshop on future Arctic conflicts at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, funded by the Fulbright Program and others.

The Latest News

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

16 May 2018
We Need Chief Ethics Officers More Than Ever

May 2018
Forward Motion: Q&A with Prof. Patrick Lin

21 April 2018
Huffington Post (France)
Westworld, season 2: How Far Can You Go With a Sex Robot Without Becoming Inhumane?

9 April 2018
Al Jazeera
Should We Be Worried About 'Killer Robots'?

April 2018
Smithsonian Magazine
What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?

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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