Dr. Asaro is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City. He is the co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and has written on lethal robotics from the perspective of just war theory and human rights. Dr. Asaro's research also examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, and autonomous vehicles.
This article considers the recent literature concerned with establishing an international prohibition on autonomous weapon systems. It seeks to address concerns expressed by some scholars that such a ban might be problematic for various reasons. It argues in favour of a theoretical foundation for such a ban based on human rights and humanitarian principles that are not only moral, but also legal ones. In particular, an implicit requirement for human judgement can be found in international humanitarian law governing armed conﬂict. Read more » about On Banning Autonomous Lethal Systems: Human Rights, Automation and the Dehumanizing of Lethal Decision-making
Altmann, J., P. Asaro, N. Sharkey, and R. Sparrow (2013). “ Armed Military Robots: Editorial,” Ethics and Information Technology 15 (2), June 2013, pp. 73-76. Read more » about Armed Military Robots: Editorial
As the military’s armed surveillance drones have become the iconic weapon of the early twenty-first century, they have also introduced radical transformations in the traditional labor of those who operate them the pilots, crew, analysts, and commanders. In so doing, these transformations have engendered new kinds of subjectivity, with new ways of experiencing the work of surveillance and killing. Read more » about The Labor of Surveillance and Bureaucratized Killing: New Subjectivities of Military Drone Operators
Asaro, P. (2011). " Remote-Control Crimes: Roboethics and Legal Jurisdictions of Tele-Agency," Special Issue on Roboethics, Gianmarco Veruggio, Mike Van der Loos, and Jorge Solis (eds.), IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 18 (1), 68-71. Read more » about Remote-Control Crimes: Roboethics and Legal Jurisdictions of Tele-Agency
"“Think of them as flying robots,” says Peter Asaro, assistant professor at the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York. They are detached, remotely controllable, lightweight — and they can hover. “They are now so cheap almost anyone can use them. For $300 on Amazon.com, you can get a quad-rotor with HD cameras, and you can control it from a smartphone or tablet. The barrier to aerial photography has fallen. You don’t have to rent a helicopter.”sa Read more » about Rise of the drones
"“There is a question to be asked here about whether allowing machines to kill people diminishes the value of human life for everybody, even if you are not being killed by a robot,” says Peter Asaro, an assistant professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York and a spokesman for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots." Read more » about If a robot kills someone, who is to blame?
"Peter Asaro, at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society and a member of the International Committee on Robot Arms Control, is attending the talks. He says there is growing consensus that it is unacceptable for robots to kill people without human supervision. Read more » about Can we stop killer robots? UN meets to debate possible treaty
"“We’ve been focusing on trying to define what an autonomous weapon is so it can be the basis for an international agreement,” explained Peter Asaro, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, as well as the co-founder and vice chair for theInternational Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), and a spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. I interviewed him about his work Read more » about Should we let robots kill on their own?
CIS Affiliate Scholars Peter Asaro, Ryan Calo and Woodrow Hartzog will all be participating in this two-day conference.
Registration is open for We Robot 2015 and we have a great program planned:
Friday, April 10
Registration and Breakfast
Welcome Remarks: Dean Kellye Testy, University of Washington School of Law
Introductory Remarks: Ryan Calo, Program Committee Chair
9:00 am Read more » about We Robot 2015
For more information visit: https://citp.princeton.edu/event/lunch-timer-asaro-tang/
Location: Bowl 001, Robertson Hall
Food and discussion begin at 12:15 pm. Open to current Princeton faculty, fellows and students only. RSVP required. Co-sponsored with WWS and LAPA. Read more » about Lunch Timer with Peter Asaro and Sarah Tang – Non-Military Drones: What Laws and Ethics Do We Need?
CIS Affiliate Scholars Peter Asaro, Ryan Calo and Woodrow Hartzog are listed as participants for We Robot 2014. Robotics is becoming a transformative technology. We Robot 2014 builds on existing scholarship exploring the role of robotics to examine how the increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues. If you are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development, we hope to see you. Read more » about We Robot 2014
The motion under debate will be:“Should there be an absolute ban on autonomous systems capable of using lethal force?” Two key speakers will argue for and against the motion, and respond to each other’s presentation. This will be followed by a discussion session with the audience, and a public vote. Read more » about Autonomous Weapon Systems:Dangerous Killer Robots or Smarter and Less-Harmful Warfare?
(Spanish TV) Robotics can create weapons they think for themselves and can attack military targets without human supervision.UN prepares an international treaty to ban so-called 'robots murderers'. Interview with CIS Affiliate Scholar begins at 00:27. Read more » about The debate over US drones opens
Killer robots — or lethal autonomous weapons systems — could be the future but should they have a mind of their own to decide who lives or dies?
It is a complex topic being debated at a expert convention in Geneva.
Beverley O'Connor speaks to Dr Peter Asaro, who is the co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. Read more » about Campaigning to stop killer robots
CITP Luncheon Speaker Series:
Peter Asaro – Regulating Robots:
Challenges and Approaches to Developing Policy for Robots Read more » about CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Peter Asaro – Regulating Robots: Developing Policy for Robots
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A version of this story won the German Prize for Innovation Journalism. It aired on Deutschlandfunk by Thomas Reintjes with help from Philip Banse. Read more » about Killer Robots + Ancient Rules of War = Trouble