Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and a senior advisor to The Hastings Center. He is also a fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law (Arizona State University) and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology. At Yale Mr. Wallach has chaired the Center’s working research group on Technology and Ethics for the past twelve years and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics and End of Life Issues.
Wendell Wallach’s latest book A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control was published by BASIC Books in June 2015. He also co-authored (with Colin Allen, Indiana University) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxf0rd University Press), which mapped the then new field of enquiry variously called machine ethics, machine morality, computational morality, or friendly AI. In addition, Wendell is a series editor for the forthcoming eight Volume Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technology, to be published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group in Winter 2017. He has also authored dozens of article in professional journals.
Mr. Wallach has an international reputation as an expert on the ethical and governance concerns posed by emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and neuroscience. He was featured along with Honda’s Asimov in the award-winning short film Living with Robots, and has been interviewed and quoted often in leading news media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and BBC News. He has also been interviewed on MSNBC, FOX, the FOX Business Channel, PBS and countless national and local radio shows. He received the World Technology Network award for Ethics in 2014 and for Journalism and Media in 2015, as well as a Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa for 2015-2016. The World Economic Forum appointed Mr. Wallach co-chair of its Global Future Council on Technology, Values, and Policy for the 2016-2018 term.
Formerly, he was a founder and the President of two computer consulting companies, Farpoint Solutions and Omnia Consulting Inc. Among the clients served by Mr. Wallach’s companies were PepsiCo International, United Aircraft, and the State of Connecticut.
He is married to Nancy Wallach, who recently retired as Assistant VP for Research Compliance at the University of Connecticut. They live in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Wendell’s primary hobbies are building stained glass windows, skiing, and hiking.