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.


Fall 2015:  Call for papers! For our next book on robot ethics. More info here.

14-15 Sept 2015:  We are co-organizing a workshop on robot-car ethics at Stanford University. More info here.

The Latest News

19 August 2015
Defense One
Predator Maker Is Flying Spy Missions For the Pentagon

3 August 2015
MIT Technology Review
Military Robots: Armed, but How Dangerous?

31 July 2015
The Guardian (UK)
A Ban on Autonomous Weapons is Easier Said Than Done

29 July 2015
MIT Technology Review
How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions

28 July 2015
The Christian Science Monitor
Robots in War: Ethical Concern, or a Help for Social Ills?

22 July 2015
Defense One
In The War of 2050, The Robots Call The Shots

19 July 2015
Why Can't Google Cars Avoid Rear-End Accidents?

14 July 2015
New York Times
Our Drone War Burnout

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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