Robot Ethics Book

January 2012
Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics
We published a new book with MIT Press on robot ethics, the first volume of its kind. Please click here for some reviews.


Military Robotics Report

December 2008
US Office of Naval Research-funded report
Autonomous Military Robotics: Risk, Design, and Ethics


Contributed Articles and Journal Papers

18 August 2014
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Don't Fear the Robot Car Bomb

18 August 2014
Wired
Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings

28 July 2014
Forbes
What Google Cars Can Learn From Killer Robots

6 May 2014
Wired
The Robot Car of Tomorrow Might Just Be Programmed to Hit You

3 February 2014
Forbes
Inside Google's Mysterious Ethics Board

22 January 2014
The Atlantic
What If Your Autonomous Car Keeps Routing You Past Krispy Kreme?

8 October 2013
The Atlantic
The Ethics of Autonomous Cars

30 July 2013
Wired
The Ethics of Saving Lives With Autonomous Cars Are Far Murkier Than You Think

15 April 2013
The Atlantic
Pain Rays and Robot Swarms: The Radical New War Games the DOD Plays

16 Feb 2012
Slate
The Big Robot Questions

15 Dec 2011
The Atlantic
Drone-Ethics Briefing: What a Leading Robot Expert Told the CIA

December 2010
Journal of Military Ethics
Military 2.0: Ethical Blowback from Emerging Technologies

22 June 2009
Forbes (special AI report)
The Ethical War Machine


Other Links

27 August 2014
Ozy
The Moral Dilemma Presented by Driverless Cars

26 August 2014
The Next Web
Machines Are Taking Control of the World, So Why Stop Them?

22 August 2014
PC Magazine
Who Should Be the Self-Driving Car's Moral Compass?

7 July 2014
Mashable
The Driverless Car Tipping Point Is Coming Soon

1 July 2014
Wall Street Journal
Facebook Experiment Tests Ethics of Manipulating Emotion

July 2014
Evaluation Engineering
Beware Autonomous Machines Making Decisions

30 June 2014
Wall Street Journal
Facebook Furor Is Overblown, Says Cal Poly Ethicist

22 June 2014
TagesWoche (Switzerland)
Big Data on Wheels

6 June 2014
Time
How to Make Driverless Cars Behave

30 May 2014
National Post (Canada)
If The Only Way Out of Traffic Is a Robo-Car that May Murder Me, Fine

28 May 2014
The Guardian (UK)
Self-Driving Cars Face a Long and Winding Road to Success

21 May 2014
Motherboard
For Good or Bad, Intelligent, Swarming Nanobots Are the Next Frontier of Drones

20 May 2014
Popular Science
Robots Are Strong: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

14 May 2014
Slate
No, Driverless Cars Won’t “Choose” to Kill You

13 May 2014
Huffington Post (UK)
Should Robot Cars Be Programmed To Kill You If It Will Save More Lives?

13 May 2014
Die Zeit (German)
If Software Determines Life and Death

12 May 2014
Gizmodo
Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?

12 May 2014
Reason
Applied Philosophy: Who Do We Program This Car To Hit?

12 May 2014
La Repubblica (Italy)
Auto-Drone and Accidents. Who Lives and Who Dies?

10 May 2014
Popular Science
The Mathematics Of Murder: Should A Robot Sacrifice Your Life To Save Two?

29 April 2014
Newsweek Japan
Cover Story: Future and Humanoid Robots

2 April 2014
Mustang Daily (Cal Poly)
Cal Poly Group Questions Robot Ethics, Before It's Too Late

4 March 2014
Robotic Business Review
Global Hawk Drone Replaces U-2 Spy Plane: Here Comes Automated Warfare

18 February 2014
Wall Street Journal
Robots Are About to Have Their 'Watson' Moment

29 January 2014
The American Interest
Self-Driving Cars: An Advertiser’s Dream

27 January 2014
Re/Code
More on DeepMind (and Google's Ethics Board)

December 2013
IEEE Robotics & Automation
What Is Robot Ethics?

19 December 2013
National Research Council
Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security — A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues

17 December 2013
The Verge
Google's Robotics Program Has Legs, But Where Is It Going?

14 December 2013
Les Échos (France)
Google Car: The Problem is the Human!

11 December 2013
Microsoft France's Digital Perspectives
Technologies Don't Always Address the Causes of Problems

3 December 2013
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I, For One, Welcome Our New Car-Driving Robot Overlords

21 November 2013
Popular Science
Why You Still Can't Sell Me A [Robot] Car

2 November 2013
Washington Post
Automated Cars Rumble Toward the Starting Line

November 2013
Communications of the ACM
Legal Issues with Robots

14 October 2013
Reason
Making Sense Out of Autonomous Vehicle Claims

10 October 2013
Tested
Predicting the Ethical Dilemmas of Fully Autonomous Cars

6 August 2013
Slate
Delivered by Drones

19 July 2013
Medium / War Is Boring
Someone Just Built a Robot Sentry Gun

16 July 2013
Wall Street Journal
Driverless Car Experts At Stanford Address Ethical Dilemmas

20 June 2013
Reuters
The Robots of War

12 June 2013
Medium / War Is Boring
China's Coming Drone Swarm

20 May 2013
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Militaries’ Growing Use of Ground Robots Raises Ethics Concerns

27 March 2013
Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Game of Drones

19 March 2013
PC Tech Magazine
The Dark Side of Computers

14 March 2013
ACM's Interactions
Humanoid (Robot) Hacking

13 December 2012
Exhibit
Robot Ethics: What's Morals Gotta Do With Machines

21 November 2012
io9: Social Science
How Modern Technologies Made the Fighting in Gaza Even Worse

13 November 2012
Robotics Business Review
The Cyborg Agenda: Extreme Users

31 October 2012
ZDNet
"Robot Ethics": Book Review

27 October 2012
National Public Radio (NPR)
When A Robot Comes Knocking On The Door

22 October 2012
The European (Germany)
Beautiful New Friends
(English translation here)

27 September 2012
Homeland Security Newswire
Technology Soon To Make Drones Deadlier, More Autonomous

23 September 2012
Global Post
Deadlier Drones Are Coming (Special Report: The Drone Age)

22 August 2012
io9: Futurism
Who Should Pay When Your Robot Breaks the Law?

9 August 2012
Stars and Stripes
Intelligent, Autonomous Robots Set to Change Combat Landscape

26 July 2012
Wall Street Journal (Japan)
Use of Unmanned Drones: Ask an Expert in Robot Ethics
(English translation here)

4 June 2012
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Book review of "Robot Ethics"

20 Mar 2012
Harvard Political Review
America, Drones, and the Future of Combat

22 Feb 2012
Boston Globe
Introducing Robot Ethics

12 Feb 2012
College Hill Independent (Brown University)
Manning the Unmanned: Taking a Closer Look at Drone Warfare

31 Jan 2012
Reuters (blog)
More Drones, More Robots, More Wars

5 Jan 2012
Nature
Robotics: Morals and Machines (book review)

5 Jan 2012
SLO New Times
Speaking Hypothetically (on technology ethics)

15 Aug 2011
Engineering & Technology
Drone Warfare and the Geneva Convention

9 May 2011
Wired Magazine (blog)
Killer Drone and Texan Philosophers

03 Mar 2011
Mustang Daily (Cal Poly)
Robots-and-Sex Lecture to Discuss Technology and Ethics

23 Feb 2011
SLO New Times
Do the Robot

7 Feb 2011
Press Release
Ethics Professor to Discuss Sex-Robots at Cal Poly on March 4
Are there limits in exploiting human psychology? Can we find love in machines?

12 Jan 2011
Press Release
US Naval Academy Professor to Discuss War Technologies and Ethics at Cal Poly
Do new technologies lower barriers to waging war? What is the “principle of last resort”?

January 2011
Popular Science
The Terminator Scenario: Are We Giving Our Military Machines Too Much Power? (cover story)

30 Dec 2010
The Next Web
Ethical Robotics and Why We Really Fear Bad Robots

17 Oct 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Ability to 'See' Advances Artificial Intelligence

4 Oct 2010
National Public Radio (NPR): Talk of the Nation
Can Unmanned Robots Follow the Laws of War?

19 June 2010
The Times (UK)
Are Robot Cops a Potential Disaster?
Reality of Robocops (excerpt)

21 May 2010
The Times (UK)
Looming Era of Robot Conflicts Redefine Ethics, Rules and Art of War

3 May 2010
Mustang Daily (Cal Poly)
Professor Raises Questions on Science Fiction Becoming Reality

27 April 2010
Press Release
Ethics Professor to Discuss Military Technologies at Harvard University
Talks this spring include US Naval Academy, Cal Poly Science Café, local TEDx, others

5 April 2010
Mustang Daily (Cal Poly)
Stanford Law Professor Speaks About Neuroscience

1 April 2010
Pocket-Lint.com
Will the RoboCops Rise by 2015?

23 February 2010
Times Live (South Africa)
Drones Hearld New Era in Warfare

17 February 2010
The Christian Science Monitor
New Role for Robot Warriors

8 February 2010
BBC News
Can Battlefield Robots Take the Place of Soldiers?

February 2010
Popular Mechanics
The 8 Evil Forms of AI That Gave Robots a Bad Name

February 2010
Popular Mechanics
The Uncertain Future for Social Robots

22 December 2009
Institute for Religion and Peace (Austria)
George Bekey on Ethics of Autonomous Robots

6 December 2009
Associated Press
Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots

3 August 2009
London Daily News
"Terminators" on the Battlefield Could Pose Threat to Human Beings

1 June 2009
The Times (UK)
iRobot, Where the Terminator Is Coming to Life

June 2009
BBC Focus Magazine
Rise of the Machines (cover story)

22 Apr 2009
Reuters
Killer Robots and a Revolution in Warfare

20 Mar 2009
Science Channel: Brink (episode 117)
Lead story on our military-robotics work—no link to video available

16 Mar 2009
LiveScience
Robot Madness: Preventing Insurrection of Machines

25 Feb 2009
NewScientist Magazine
Why Robots Can't Be Trusted With Weapons

25 Feb 2009
Fast Company (blog)
Teaching Ethics to Robo Warriors

24 Feb 2009
Encyclopedia Britannica (blog)
The Artificial Morality of the Robot Warrior

23 Feb 2009
Press Release
Cal Poly Researcher to Speak on War-Robots Panel at APPE 2009
Presentation to discuss benefits, ethics, and risk arising from military robots

23 Feb 2009
GlobalPost
Beware the Killer Robots

23 Feb 2009
Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (blog)
The Ethics of Killer Robots

20 Feb 2009
ZDNet (blog)
The Terminator Scenario: Perhaps Not So Fictional After All

17 Feb 2009
The Times (UK)
Military's Killer Robots Must Learn Warrior Code

11 Feb 2009
The Mustang Daily (Cal Poly)
Cal Poly Faculty Explore Military Robotics Issues

2 Feb 2009
Wired's Danger Room
What's Next? Robot Rights for Battlefield 'Bots?

2 Feb 2009
Press Release
Ethics Report on Autonomous Military Robots Released
Cal Poly researchers examine risks and concerns related to new trend in warfare


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