Ethics of Technology at Cal Poly

Explore the risk, ethical, and social impact of emerging sciences and technologies.

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Cal Poly

Program Highlights

Is technology neutral or does it have values “built into” it?
How can we anticipate and prevent the negative consequences of technology to design and deploy it more wisely?
Students will understand the complexities of contemporary science and technology policies as they relate to ethical theories and applications, as well as personal and societal values.
Ethics of Technology

Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)


Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021

Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021


Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Overview

Technology continues to profoundly shape how we relate to one another, see the world, and accomplish our goals. As several recent controversies have prompted society to question the wisdom of Silicon Valley and technology firms, this hands-on workshop for teens will investigate the ethics of technology.

Meet your instructor


Ryan Jenkins, Ph.D.


Ryan is an assistant professor in Philosophy at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo). His interests are in applied ethics (especially military ethics and emerging technologies), and normative ethics (especially consequentialism). He earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program