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The Ethics of Emerging Technologies



How does artificial intelligence change the people using it? What does the future of work look like in an age of increasing automation? How will brain-machine interface technologies impact our basic capacities? 

The Applied Ethics Center and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies have launched a long term collaboration to explore the ethics and politics of AI. The initiative involves the creation of three post-doctoral fellowships, public lectures, and a series of conferences and symposia.  


The Ethics of Emerging Technologies initiative supports research on the nexus of philosophy, politics and artificial intelligence.

Recent publications supported by the project include:

Policy Papers

Popular Media: 

The Applied Ethics Center is committed to disseminating research to the broader public. Below are some pieces aimed at a general audience. You can also find discussions related to the Ethics of Emerging Technologies on our podcast Ethics in Action.

In the News


Past Conferences

  • Emerging Technologies and The Future of Work (November 3rd - 4th, 2023). 

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Applied Ethics Center and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies are offering three post-doctoral fellowships focused on AI and Society. The first focused on AI and the future of work and began during the fall of 2022. Subsequent fellowships will focus on Brain-Machine interfaces and on social and international conflict. 

You can find further information on the second fellowship here.

Public Lectures


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