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Biography

At the highest level of description my research interests are political philosophy and applied ethics; I am interested in philosophical arguments with real-world implications. More specifically, I am working in or have worked in: political philosophy, bioethics, environmental ethics, media ethics; just war theory; and the ethics of science and technology.

A more-or-less-up-to-date list of my publications with links to copies of (some of) them, can be found here. Copies of all of my published papers are available on request.

Research area keywords

  • Applied Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Philosophy
  • Human Enhancement
  • PGD
  • Intersex Conditions
  • Sex
  • Sex Selection
  • Genetic Relatedness
  • Parenthood
  • Reproductive Liberty
  • Stem Cells
  • Therapeutic Cloning
  • Military Ethics
  • Robotic Weapons
  • Robot Ethics
  • Cloning
  • IVF
  • Nanotechnology

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Projects 2007 2020

ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

Wallace, G., Forsyth, M., Macfarlane, D., Officer, D., Cook, M., Dodds, S., Spinks, G., Alici, G., Moulton, S., in het Panhuis, M., Kapsa, R., Higgins, M., Mozer, A., Crook, J., Innis, P., Coote, M. L., Wang, X., Howlett, P. C., Pringle, J. M., Hancock, L., Paull, B., Sparrow, R., Zhang, J., Spiccia, L., Diamond, D., Guldi, D., Kim, S. J., Unwin, P. & Watanabe, M.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

30/06/1431/12/20

Project: Research

Good Soldiers and Ethical Soldiers

Sparrow, R., Coady, C. & Wolfendale, J.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

2/01/0731/12/09

Project: Research

Research Output 1999 2019

Do robots have race? Race, social construction, and HRI

Sparrow, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Robotics Has a Race Problem

Sparrow, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Science Technology and Human Values.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Teledildonics and rape by deception

Sparrow, R. & Karas, L., 28 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Law, Innovation and Technology. 12, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Unraveling the Human Tapestry: Diversity, Flourishing, and Genetic Modification

Sparrow, R., 2019, Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing. Parens, E. & Johnston, J. (eds.). 1 ed. New York NY USA: Oxford University Press, p. 157 171 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

21 Citations (Scopus)

Yesterday’s Child: How Gene Editing for Enhancement Will Produce Obsolescence—and Why It Matters

Sparrow, R., 3 Jul 2019, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 19, 7, p. 6-15 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2018

  • 36 Contribution to conference
  • 20 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 18 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 3 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Human and machine: The next great creative partnership

Robert Sparrow (Contributor)
15 Aug 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Is automation good for humanity?

Robert Sparrow (Contributor)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Defining Humanity

Robert Sparrow (Contributor)
15 Sep 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Australian Engineering Conference 2018

Robert Sparrow (Invited speaker)
18 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Industry debate: Robots will manage our entire transport network by 2025

Robert Sparrow (Contributor)
19 Mar 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

Robots Have a Diversity Problem

Robert Sparrow

6/11/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Racism Runs Deep, Even Against Robots

Robert Sparrow

1/10/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Killer Robots

Robert Sparrow

13/09/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

We're racist towards robots, too, study finds

Robert Sparrow

24/07/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature