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.


5 March 2015:  Prof. Shannon Vallor (Santa Clara University) will give a talk at Cal Poly on ethics for app makers and software designers, as they confront difficult trade-offs among competing values, such as privacy, security, transparency, control, usability, cost and quality of user experience. More info here.

The Latest News

27 March 2015
A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

13 March 2015
TechRadar Pro
Automated Cars and AI: Reasons Why the Tech Industry Must Consider Ethics

2 March 2015
IEEE Spectrum
Will You Need a New License to Operate a Self-Driving Car?

1 March 2015
Financial Times
Driverless Cars Must Learn to Take Ethical Route

21 February 2015
The Times (UK)
Philosopher Helps Teach Morality to Driverless Cars

10 February 2015
The Daily Dot
Who Do You Blame When a Driverless Car Crashes?

Jan-Feb 2015
Military Review (US Army)
Ethics and the Enhanced Soldier of the Near Future

9 January 2015
New York Times
Death By Robot

Winter 2015
Canadian Military Journal
The Ethics and Operational Considerations of Personal Augmentation in Military Operations

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.

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