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.


2-3 February 2018:  We will be giving a talk on AI ethics at the AAAI/ACM's Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society in New Orleans.

The Latest News

11 February 2018
Philosophers Are Building Ethical Algorithms to Help Control Self-Driving Cars

22 January 2018
Someday You Could Get Sued for Sexually Harassing Your Robot Employees

9 January 2018
McClatchy DC Bureau
Want Guns? Drugs? Self-Driving Cars May Become the Perfect Delivery Vehicle

21 November 2017
Detroit Free Press
Morality, Ethics of a Self-Driving Car: Who Decides Who Lives, Dies?

8 November 2017
New Scientist
Letting Robots Kill Without Human Supervision Could Save Lives

25 October 2017
Powerful Lobby Group Wants to Keep AI Unregulated

4 October 2017
Why We'll Eventually Want Our Robots to Deceive Us

September 2017
Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence
From Oxford University Press

2 August 2017
The Independent (UK)
A Third Thumb? Our Changing Attitudes to Human Enhancement

28 July 2017
The Ringer
The Future of Police Robots Began Last Year—Where Is It Now?

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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