While her teaching addresses the philosophy of science and technology broadly, Vallor’s research focus is the ethics of emerging technologies. Her work investigates how human character is being transformed by rapid advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, new social media, surveillance, and biomedical technologies, and appears in journals such as Ethics and Information Technology, Philosophy and Technology, and Techne, as well as a 2016 book from Oxford University Press: Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting. She is the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology and is currently working on a new book on the subject of artificial intelligence and ethics: The AI Mirror: Rebuilding Our Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking.
Vallor has a special interest in the integration of ethics with industry and engineering and computer science education and professional practice, and engages in outreach and consulting on this subject with a range of stakeholders inside and outside academia, including government, industry, law, media and public policy professionals and advocates. She has also authored or co-authored numerous free online teaching modules and workshop materials published by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, including An Introduction to Software Engineering Ethics, An Introduction to Data Ethics, An Introduction to Cybersecurity Ethics, and Ethics in Tech Practice.
Recent professional honors include the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network; the Public Intellectual Award from Santa Clara University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence, Santa Clara University’s highest teaching honor.