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.


3 May 2018:  We will be hosting a special lecture by Duncan Purves (Univ. of Florida) on the ethics of predictive/AI policing.

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

The Latest News

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?

23 March 2018
What the Fatal Uber Crash Doesn’t Tell Us About Self-Driving Cars

22 March 2018
IEEE Spectrum
Who's at Fault in Uber's Fatal Collision?

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?

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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