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.


28-30 October 2019:  We are participating in the Global Forum on AI for Humanity in Paris.

14 December 2019:  We are participating in the AI for Social Good workshop at NeurIPS in Vancouver.

The Latest News

13 November 2019
Carnegie Council
AI in the Arctic: Future Opportunities & Ethical Concerns

28 October 2019
Christian Science Monitor
As AI Joins Battlefield, Pentagon Seeks Ethicist

14 October 2019
Wall Street Journal
The Worlds That AI Might Create

4 September 2019
Defense Systems
The Pentagon Is Looking for an AI Ethicist

25 July 2019
KCBX Radio
Artificial Intelligence: Will It Save Us, or Destroy Us?

15 July 2019
'Sony Research Award Program' Continues for Fourth Year

8 July 2019
Cryonics: Medicine, Or The Modern Mummy?

July 2019
The Monthly (Australia)
Mining the Moon

Summer 2019
Ethics & International Affairs
Arctic 2.0: How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Develop a Frontier

June 2019
Special Journal Issue: Human Colonization of Other Worlds

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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