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.


7 November 2022: We will be participating in an expert meeting of Schmidt Futures' AI2050 initiative in Portola Valley, CA.

23 February 2023: We will be participating in the US National Space Council's meeting of the Users' Advisory Group in Washington DC, followed by a meeting at the White House.

30-31 March 2023: We will be organizing an expert workshop on outer space cybersecurity at Stanford University.

The Latest News

30-31 March 2023
Hoover Institution
Outer Space Cybersecurity: Novel Scenarios
An expert workshop at Stanford

16 December 2022
The White House
Vice President Harris Announces Selections to the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group

12 December 2022
Real-World RoboCop: The Ethics of Using Robots to Apply Lethal Force

8 December 2022
Prindle Post
Driving with the Machine: Self-Driving Cars, Responsibility, and Moral Luck

3 October 2022
Cal Poly
Cal Poly Wins $700,000 Federal Grant to Study the Social Impacts of AI Kitchens and Robot Cooks

12 September 2022
Cal Poly
Cal Poly Wins First-Ever Grant on Space Cybersecurity from US National Science Foundation

8 September 2022
The Prindle Post
Were Parts of Your Mind Made in a Factory?

15 July 2022
Northwestern Univ. News
CASMI Hosts Workshop on Data-Driven Policing

7 July 2022
United Nations, Office of Disarmament Affairs
Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education: 10th Biennial Report of the Secretary General

1 July 2022
AI Made These Stunning Images. Here's Why Experts Are Worried

22 June 2022
The Prindle Post
The Curious Case of LaMDA, the AI that Claimed to Be Sentient

11 May 2022
The Prindle Post
Cryonics: The Trap Objection

28 April 2022
The Prindle Post
No Fun and Games

4 April 2022
MIT Press
A Reading List for National Robotics Week

24 March 2022
Public Ethics
The Ethics of Deepfake Pornography

19 March 2022
Which Car? (Australia)
The Autonomy Dilemma: Are We Ready for Self-Driving?

More news here.

Selected Publications

•   Report: AI-Assisted Authorship: How to Assign Credit in Synthetic Scholarship

•   Chapter: Does Just War Theory Extend to the Space Frontier?, in Military Space Ethics

•   Paper: Rule by Automation: How Automated Decision Systems Promote Freedom and Equality, in Moral Philosophy and Politics

•   Chapter: Outer Space as a New Frontier for Technology Ethics, in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology

•   Paper: Big Brother Goes to School: Best Practices for Campus Surveillance Technologies During the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Techné (Society of Philosophy and Technology)

•   Report: Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Predictive Policing: A Roadmap for Research, funded by the US National Science Foundation

•   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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