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Wendell Wallach

Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He chairs the Center’s working research group on Technology and Ethics and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics, End of Life Issues, Neuroethics, and PTSD. Wendell co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press 2009), which maps the new field of enquiry variously called machine ethics, machine morality, computational morality, or friendly AI.

Formerly, he was a founder and the President of two computer consulting companies, Farpoint Solutions and Omnia Consulting Inc. Among the clients served by his companies were PepsiCo International, United Aircraft, and the State of Connecticut.

Wendell also serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT and is an associate editor for the journal TopiCS in Cognitive Science. His hobby/avocation is building stained glass windows. He is presently writing a book on the societal, ethical, and public policy challenges arising from technologies that enhance human faculties by altering the mind/body. Another book in progress explores the ways in which cognitive science, new technologies, and introspective practices are altering our understanding of human decision-making and ethics.

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A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control by Wendell Wallach (2015)

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies by Ben Goertzel ed. (2014)


"Predictability and Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)"   Ethical Technology   Apr 16, 2016

"Ensuring Human Control Over Military Robotics"   New York Times  Aug 29, 2015

"Terminating the Terminator: What to do About Autonomous Weapons"  Jan 29, 2013

"The Case Against Autonomous Killing Machines"  Jun 30, 2012

"(Enhancing) The Moral Brain: Day Three (J.‘s Notes)"   Ethical Technology  Apr 1, 2012

"The Moral Brain: Day Two Morning (J.‘s Notes)"   Ethical Technology  Mar 31, 2012

"From Robots to Techno Sapiens"   Law, Innovation, and Technology 3(2):185-207  Jan 12, 2012

"Wendell Wallach on Machine Morality"   H Plus Magazine  May 29, 2011

"Live-blogging from the Transforming Humanity Conference: Emerging Tech, Hybrid Mice and Smart Drugs"   Ethical Technology  Dec 4, 2010

Recent Multimedia

Angels and Demons of A.I.   2016-04-26

Transcendence, Life Against Death, and Scientifically Inspired Visions for the Future   2015-10-30

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Identity, Digital   2015-02-23

Identity, Virtual   2015-02-22

Identity Engineered   2015-02-21

The New Rules of Robot/Human Society   2014-05-24

Personhood Beyond the Human: On Animal - Human - Corporation - Robot   2014-01-07

Emerging Technology - Hype vs. Reality   2013-10-26


Wendell Wallach at Connecticut Science Center (Mar 20, 2016)

Wendell Wallach book signing at Connecticut Science Center (Jan 21, 2016)

IEET Fellows and Affiliate Scholars Receive AI Safety Grants (Aug 27, 2015)

Wallach Publishes in Prestigious NAS Journal (Jul 17, 2015)

Wendell Wallach and Nick Bostrom finalists for World Technology Award in Ethics (Sep 06, 2014)

Wendell Remembers the March on Washington (Aug 28, 2013)

IEET Fellow Wendell Wallach quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education (Sep 11, 2012)

IEET Consults for Japanese Neurotech Consortium (Feb 02, 2012)

Hughes and Wallach essays in Patrick’s new collection on Robot Ethics (Dec 15, 2011)

IEET Appoints Wendell Wallach as Fellow (Jan 26, 2011)

Past Appearances

“A Dangerous Master” by Wendell Wallach (Lecture & Book Signing) (Connecticut Science Center | Downtown Hartford, CT - May 05, 2016)

Wallach, Hughes, Rothblatt, Swan, Baum @ World Technology Summit (NYC, NY USA - Nov 20, 2015)

Hughes, Santens, Wallach @ World Summit on Technological Unemployment (NYC, NY USA - Sep 29, 2015)

Sorgner, Wallach @ International Conference on the Integration of Science, Technology and Society (Daejeon, S. Korea - Aug 03, 2015)

Wallach, Bostrom on “Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work” (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - Jun 03, 2015)

Wallach, Hughes, Vita-More, Smart, Lin, Darling @ Governance of Emerging Technologies (Scottsdale, AZ USA - May 26, 2015)

Hughes, Wallach, Darling @ Societal Implications of Robotics Symposium (SIRoS) (Brown University, Providence, RI USA - May 01, 2015)

IEET Trustees Art Caplan & Martine Rothblatt give Workshop on “Lung Transplant Ethics” (New Haven, CT USA - Apr 03, 2014)

Hughes, Wallach on TransHumanism (Trinity College, Hartford CT, USA - Apr 03, 2014)

Hughes, Wallach & LaGrandeur @ Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics (Chandler, Arizona - May 20, 2013)

Wallach @ Terminating the Terminator (New Haven, CT - Dec 10, 2012)

Wallach on “Issues In The Development Of Robotics And Neurotechnologies” (Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT, USA - Apr 27, 2012)

Wallach, Hughes, Hopkins @ The Moral Brain: What Is It? Can It Be Enhanced? (WSQ Campus, New York University, NYC, NY, USA - Mar 30, 2012)

Lin & Wallach @ Conflict in the 21st Century (Tufts University, Meford, MA - Mar 22, 2012)

Wallach @ Technologies on the stand: legal and ethical questions in neuroscience and robotics. (Tilburg, The Netherlands - Apr 10, 2011)


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