John Sullins

Professor of Philosophy (2003)

Dr. Sullins, (Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY), 2002) is a Full Professor of Philosophy at Sonoma State University in California where he teaches Philosophy of Science and Technology, Philosophy and AI/Robotics, and Information Ethics.  His recent research interests are computer ethics and the philosophical implications of technologies such as Robotics, AI and Artificial Life.  His recent publications have focused on artificial agents and their impact on society as well as the ethical design of successful autonomous information technologies.

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Recognition and Awards

Herbert A. Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy    January 2011.  Awarded by the International Association for Computers and Philosophy

Finalist for the World Technology Awards for Visionary Research in Ethics    January 2011. Inducted into the World Technology Network by the World Technology Network in association with TIME magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and Technology Review

Relevant Publications

“Robots, Sex, and Love” Ch 9 Pg. 217-243 in Beavers, Anthony, editor. Philosophy: Technology. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Philosophy series. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA/Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017

“Ethics Boards for Research in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Is it Too Soon to Act?” Chapter 5 in Social Robots: Boundries, Potential, Challenges, edited by Marco Nørskov, Ashgate, 2016

“Deception and Virtue in Robotic and Cyber Warfare,” in The Ethics of Information Warfare, Luciano Floridi and Mariarosaria Taddeo (Eds.), Springer, 2014

 “Roboethics and Telerobotic Weapons Systems,” in Philosophy and Engineering: Reflections on Practice, Principles and Process, Dian P. Michelfelder, Natasha McCarthy, David E. Goldberg (eds.), 2013

“When is a Robot a Moral Agent?” reprinted in, Morality and Moral Controversies: Readings in Moral, Social and Political Philosophy (9th Edition), Steven Scalet (Ed.), Prentice Hall.  November 25, 2012

Telerobotic weapons systems and the ethical conduct of war, APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, Winter 2009

The Role of Artificial Moral Agency in Technoethics, in Handbook of Research on Technoethics, Rocci Luppicini and Rebecca Adell, editors, Idea Group Inc, 2008

Building The Perfect Companions: The Humane Design of Personal Robotics Technologies, in Designing: from philosophy to ethics, from engineering to architecture, Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore, editors, Springer, 2008

When Is a Robot a Moral Agent? International Review of Information Ethics, (2006) 6: December 2006

Ethics and Artificial Life: from modeling to moral agents, Ethics and Information Technology, (2005) 7:139-148