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.


19 Jan 2024: We will be giving a talk on AI, cybersecurity, and space ethics at USC's Information Sciences Institute in Los Angeles.

Nov 2023: We will be giving a series of talks in Europe on: technology ethics (8 Nov, Prague) and space ethics/security (9 Nov, Geneva; 10 Nov, Prague; 30 Nov, Munich).

26 Sept 2023: We will be giving a talk on technology ethics at CIGI's new Digital Policy Hub.

13-14 July 2023: We will be organizing an expert workshop at Cal Poly on the ethical/social impacts of AI kitchens and robot cooks.

23 May 2023: We will be giving a talk on outer space ethics, incl. security concerns, at Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA.

10 May 2023: We will be giving a talk on technology ethics for the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Executive Education in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

3 May 2023: We will be giving a talk on emerging threats at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

20 April 2023: Prof. John Sullins (Sonoma State Univ.) will give a university lecture here on experiments with inner dialogue for social robotics, or "the conscience of the machine."

30-31 March 2023: We will be organizing an expert workshop on outer space cybersecurity at Stanford University.

23 February 2023: We will be participating in the US National Space Council's meeting of the Users' Advisory Group in Washington DC, followed by a meeting at the White House.

7 November 2022: We will be participating in an expert meeting of Schmidt Futures' AI2050 initiative in Portola Valley, CA.

The Latest News

22 November 2023
Wired (Czech Republic)
Patrick Lin: Robots Will Probably Get Their Rights

Fall 2023
Cal Poly Magazine
Predicting Crime

28 August 2023
Northwestern University
Ethical Framework Aims to Reduce Bias in Data-Driven Policing

21 August 2023
The Spoon
I Attended a Workshop on the Impact of AI on The Food World. Here’s What We Discussed

18 August 2023
Cyberattack Shutters Major NSF-Funded Telescopes for More Than 2 Weeks

3 July 2023
The Spoon
Researchers at Cal Poly Are Studying The Social Impact of AI & Robotics on the World of Food

30 June 2023
War on the Rocks
Rise of the Machines or Just a Routine Test?

22 May 2023
Drone Wars
Report: "Cyborg Dawn? Human-Machine Fusion and the Future of Warfighting"

17 May 2023
Popular Science
Trump Shares AI-Altered Fake Clip of Anderson Cooper

5 May 2023
Prindle Post
The Garden of Simulated Delights

24 April 2023
Inside Edition
NYPD Announces the Addition of Security Robots and Robo-Dogs to Its Force, Testing the Ethics of Policing

9 April 2023
Brain in a Vat (podcast)
Dystopian Technology

30-31 March 2023
Hoover Institution
Outer Space Cybersecurity: Novel Scenarios
An expert workshop at Stanford

16 December 2022
The White House
Vice President Harris Announces Selections to the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group

12 December 2022
Real-World RoboCop: The Ethics of Using Robots to Apply Lethal Force

8 December 2022
Prindle Post
Driving with the Machine: Self-Driving Cars, Responsibility, and Moral Luck

3 October 2022
Cal Poly
Cal Poly Wins $700,000 Federal Grant to Study the Social Impacts of AI Kitchens and Robot Cooks

12 September 2022
Cal Poly
Cal Poly Wins First-Ever Grant on Space Cybersecurity from US National Science Foundation

More news here.

Selected Publications

•   Paper: Deepfake Pornography and the Ethics of Non-Veridical Representations, in Philosophy & Technology

•   Report: A Machine Learning Evaluation Framework for Place-based Algorithmic Patrol Management

•   Report: Evaluating Metrics for Impact Quantification

•   Report: AI-Assisted Authorship: How to Assign Credit in Synthetic Scholarship

•   Chapter: Does Just War Theory Extend to the Space Frontier?, in Military Space Ethics

•   Paper: Rule by Automation: How Automated Decision Systems Promote Freedom and Equality, in Moral Philosophy and Politics

•   Chapter: Outer Space as a New Frontier for Technology Ethics, in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology

•   Paper: Big Brother Goes to School: Best Practices for Campus Surveillance Technologies During the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Techné (Society of Philosophy and Technology)

•   Report: Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Predictive Policing: A Roadmap for Research, funded by the US National Science Foundation

•   Book: Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence, with Oxford University Press

•   Report: UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Traffic Management: Recommendations for Seamless Integration, with WhiteFox Defense Technologies

•   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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