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Yale Bioethics

Technology & Ethics


Wendell Wallach, Lecturer, Yale College; Scholar, Bioethics Center

This group meets on Wednesdays at 4:15 in room A002 at 77 Prospect St, unless otherwise noted.

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Schedule 2013-2014

September 11 Charles Perrow, Professor Emeritus Sociology, Yale

Complexity Revisited


September 25 Gaymon Bennett, Senior Research Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Synthetic Biology: As Ogden Nash wrote, "Here's a little rule of thumb: too clever is dumb."


October 2 George Lucas, Distinguished Chair in Ethics (ret.), Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, U.S. Naval Academy  

Privacy, Anonymity, and Cyber Security in the Aftermath of Edward Snowden's Revelations


MONDAY, October 21 Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Director: Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Lethal Autonomous Robots: the legal implications and the path forward


MONDAY, November 18 Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield

 Ethical trading with robots: from care to killing


December 11 Mark Hagerott, Distinguished Professor of Cyber Security, United States Naval Academy

Robots, cyber and war: An historical framework to make a bit more sense of it all


January 22 Chris Bosso, Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University 

Governing Emerging Technologies: Lessons from a decade of Nano


February 19 Heidi Ravven, Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College 

The Self Beyond Itself: Exploring the Moral Extension of Ourselves into Others, Environments, and Our Technologies


April 16 Vickie Sutton, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law, Texas Tech School of Law 

Virtual and Virtuous People


May 22 Robin Hanson, Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University

The Age of Em: Social Implications of Brain Emulations




RSVP to wendell.wallach@yale.edu if you wish to attend.

The Technology and Ethics study group examines crucial societal, ethical, and public policy questions arising from the adoption of new technologies. Areas of interest include the benefits and ethical challenges posed by genomics, synthetic biology and artificial life, nanotechnology, neuropharmacology, neuroprosthetics and bionics, stem cell research, telemedicine, radical life extension, cryonics, information technology, virtual reality and augmented reality, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, and artificial intelligence.

The group has considered what defines being "human" or "intelligent"; moral responsibility for those who design, develop, and deploy new technologies; changes in how society will function under the impact of new technologies; risk assessment; the ramifications of bodily, mental, social, and physical enhancements; and whether computers and robots can be intelligent, show emotions, be conscious, be alive, or make moral decisions. Indeed, the Technology and Ethics working group was seminal in the development of the new field of research known as machine ethics.

The membership of the group is eclectic, and in addition to faculty and students at Yale,
includes faculty and professionals from throughout the region. The group has served to
enrich the expertise of members who have developed reputations as authorities in medical informatics, research ethics, machine ethics, and the ethical challenges of technologies that enhance human faculties. At least three courses taught at Yale have been inspired by the group, as well as a yearly seminar on Technology and Ethics for interns of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics' internationally recognized summer program.

The Technology and Ethics study group was founded in the spring of 2002. In the fall of 2002 the study group began inviting speakers for an extended presentation and discussion with the group. Many of these speakers comment on how the opportunity has significantly deepened their understanding of the topics they are researching and of the social and ethical ramifications of their work.

Technology and Ethics Chair
Wendell Wallach


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