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Patrick Lin
Patrick Lin

Distinguished Scholarship Award
San Luis Obispo
Philosophy

Technology is a superpower, and with great power comes great responsibility.  We need to think about how technology remakes not just our world but also ourselves.

​Patrick Lin, PhD, is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, based at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is a philosophy professor.  Current affiliations include Stanford Law School, Notre Dame, and World Economic Forum.  Previous affiliations include Stanford Engineering, US Naval Academy, Dartmouth College, and UNIDIR.  He is well published in technology ethics, especially on emerging military technologies.  His work includes the books Robot Ethics (MIT Press, 2012) and Robot Ethics 2.0 (Oxford University Press, 2017), as well as several funded policy reports on military robotics, cyberwarfare, and enhanced warfighters.  Dr. Lin regularly gives invited briefings to industry, media, and government; and he teaches courses in ethics, technology, and law.