About

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.

Events

1 March 2016:  We are organizing a panel on robot cars and AI at RSA Conference in San Francisco.

2 March 2016:  We will be speaking on cyberwarfare ethics at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley.

31 March 2016:  We will be speaking on an "AI, Automation, and the Good Life" panel in San Francisco.

The Latest News

25 April 2016
Forbes
No, Self-Driving Cars Won't Kill the Insurance Industry

3 April 2016
Quartz
Can We Trust Robots to Make Moral Decisions?

24 March 2016
Popular Science
The Tricky Ethics of Living Longer

February 2016
SXSW Magazine
For Driverless Cars, Solving for "X" Means Explaining "Why?"

1 February 2016
Forbes
Relationships With Robots: Good or Bad for Humans?

4 January 2016
Forbes
Killer Robots: New Reasons to Worry About Ethics

17 December 2015
Fast Company
In An Accident, Who Will A Driverless Car Be Programmed To Kill?

15 December 2015
MIT Technology Review
What Will It Take to Build a Virtuous AI?

8 December 2015
TED-Ed (animated shorts)
The Ethical Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars

11 November 2015
National Public Radio (NPR)
Google's Traffic Stop: A Crash Course in Self Driving Concerns


Autonomous-Vehicles Ethics Chapter

June 2015:  We published a new chapter on the ethics of robot cars, in a Daimler and Benz Foundation book (Springer). Click here for related links.

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.

More publications here.

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