About

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.

Events

19 July 2016:  We are organizing the half-day session on ethics and autonomous driving at Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco.

19 August 2016:  Patrick Lin will be speaking on the ethics of connected and autonomous systems at the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC) in Uppsala, Sweden.

The Latest News

25 June 2016
The Economist
Ethics and AI: Frankenstein's Paperclips

23 June 2016
Gizmodo
Your Self-Driving Car Will Be Programmed to Kill You—Deal With It

23 June 2016
Buzzfeed
Why Self-Driving Cars Will Favor The Lives Of Passengers Over Pedestrians

23 June 2016
Mashable
Kill the Pedestrian or the Passenger? The Complicated Ethics of Self-Driving Cars

9 June 2016
Wired
Self-Driving Cars Will Teach Themselves to Save Lives — But Also Take Them

8 June 2016
Re/Code
Modern Variations on the 'Trolley Problem' Meme

25 April 2016
Forbes
No, Self-Driving Cars Won't Kill the Insurance Industry

3 April 2016
Quartz
Can We Trust Robots to Make Moral Decisions?

24 March 2016
Popular Science
The Tricky Ethics of Living Longer


Autonomous-Vehicles Ethics Chapter

June 2015:  We published a new chapter on the ethics of robot cars, in a Daimler and Benz Foundation book (Springer). Click here for related links.

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.

More publications here.

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