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.


3-8 Jan 2017:  Patrick Lin will be participating in an AI safety workshop and beneficial AI conference at Asilomar, organized by Future of Life Institute.

27 Jan 2017:  Irina Raicu (Santa Clara University) will be giving a special talk at Cal Poly on the ethics of Internet of Things.

The Latest News

2 February 2017
These 23 Principles Could Help Us Avoid an AI Apocalypse

26 January 2017
CNN Tech
Killing the Immortal: Why Scientists Are Debating the Life Span of Robots

3 January 2017
4 Reasons Why Driverless Cars Aren’t Everywhere Yet

27 December 2016
If a Self-Driving Car Kills a Pedestrian, Who Is at Fault?

18 December 2016
What Our Violent Obsession With Sex Robots Reveals About Us

29 November 2016
Microsoft’s HoloLens Headset Will Allow Real Tank Operators to See the Battlefield Outside

16 November 2016
Let's Teach Smart Machines to Do the Right Thing

1 November 2016
Agence France-Presse
Hitting Back at Hackers: Debate Swirls on How Far to Go

18 October 2016
Should a Driverless Car Kill the Kid or the Retiree?

4 October 2016
Fast Company
Robots Are Developing Feelings. Will They Ever Become "People"?

Major Publications

•   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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