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

7-8 Jan 2016:  We are participating in a workshop on automation policy, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC.

10 Jan 2016:  We will be speaking on autonomous vehicles and ethics on the first day of the National Academies' Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington DC.

The Latest News

1 February 2016
Forbes
Relationships With Robots: Good or Bad for Humans?

4 January 2016
Forbes
Killer Robots: New Reasons to Worry About Ethics

17 December 2015
Fast Company
In An Accident, Who Will A Driverless Car Be Programmed To Kill?

15 December 2015
MIT Technology Review
What Will It Take to Build a Virtuous AI?

8 December 2015
TED-Ed (animated shorts)
The Ethical Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars

11 November 2015
National Public Radio (NPR)
Google's Traffic Stop: A Crash Course in Self Driving Concerns

7 November 2015
National Public Radio (NPR)
The Ethics Behind Driverless Cars

2 November 2015
Washington Post
We’re Building Superhuman Robots. Will They Be Heroes, or Villains?

28 October 2015
Washington Post
What If Your Self-Driving Car Decides One Death Is Better Than Two — And That One Is You?


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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