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.


19 August 2016:  Patrick Lin will be speaking on the ethics of connected and autonomous systems at the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC) in Uppsala, Sweden.

17-18 Oct 2016:  We are organizing a two-day conference on cyberwarfare norms/ethics at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

The Latest News

18 October 2016
Should a Driverless Car Kill the Kid or the Retiree?

4 October 2016
Fast Company
Robots Are Developing Feelings. Will They Ever Become "People"?

3 October 2016
Robot Rape in ‘Westworld’ Unsettlingly Mirrors Society

3 October 2016
KQED Radio (NPR)
How Safe Is Safe Enough for a Self-Driving Car?

30 September 2016
Financial Times
Elon Musk, Billionaire Tech Idealist and Space Entrepreneur

30 September 2016
Fast Company
The Creators Of HBO's Westworld Talk AI, Sentience, And Our Surveillance State

26 September 2016
World Economic Forum
Is It Wrong for Victims of Cyber-Crime to Hack Back?

26 September 2016
Council on Foreign Relations
Hacking Back Is Ethical in the Cyber Frontier

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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