John Sullins Winner of the 2011 Herbert A. Simon Award

Up Next: March 4 Lecture at Cal Poly Covers "Ethics of Robots and Sex"

sullins.jpgDr. John Sullins, associate professor of philosophy, has been named the winner of the 2011 Herbert A. Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP).

He will present a plenary talk at the 2011 IACAP Conference, taking place July 4-6 at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Up next for Dr. Sullins is his talk on the "Ethics of Robots and Sex" at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group Lecture on March 4.

His presentation will cover the possibility of sex-robots and the clever ways engineers are manipulating human emotions, such as our tendency to anthropomorphize objects. Are there moral limits to exploiting human psychology, and is there more to love than satisfying physical desires?

The lecture takes place Friday, March 4 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Fisher Science Hall, Building 33, Room 286.

Dr. Sullins specializes in the philosophy of technology, philosophical issues of artificial intelligence and robotics, cognitive science, the philosophy of science, engineering ethics, and computer ethics. He received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University (SUNY) in 2002.

Dr. Sullins can be reached by email at

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