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Patrick Lin

Director, Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

Patrick Lin, Ph.D., is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is a philosophy professor. He is also affiliated with Stanford Law School, University of Notre Dame, and the 100 Year Study on AI. Previously, he held academic appointments at Stanford’s School of Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, and Dartmouth College. Dr. Lin is well published in the ethics of emerging technologies—including robotics, cybersecurity, AI, human enhancements, nanotechnology, and more—especially their national security implications. He is the lead editor of Robot Ethics (MIT Press, 2012), Robot Ethics 2.0 (Oxford University Press, 2017), among other books and articles. He has provided briefings, testimony, and counsel to the U.S. Dept. of Defense, CIA, United Nations, UNIDIR, National Research Council, Google, Apple, and many other organizations. He earned his B.A. from UC Berkeley and Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara.