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.
Last week the Future of Life Institute released a letter signed by some 1,500 artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and technology researchers. Among them were celebrities of science and the technology industry—Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak—along with public intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky and Daniel Dennett. The letter called for an international ban on offensive autonomous weapons, which could target and fire weapons without meaningful human control. Read more » about Ban Killer Robots before They Become Weapons of Mass Destruction
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
"Even non-lethal autonomous robots raise serious ethical question. As technology philosopher Peter Asaro told me in an email earlier this year, Google’s self-driving cars are perfect example. “The current prototypes from Google and other manufacturers require a human to sit behind the steering wheel of the car and take over when the car gets into trouble,” he said. “But how do you negotiate that hand-over of control?” He raises several examples: a driver wakes up from a nap an incorrectly thinks an oncoming truck is a threat. Read more » about Self-Flying Helicopters Are the Future of Rescues, Deliveries, and War
"Peter Asaro, a professor at the New School in New York, noted that without a human in control, machines fail to take in the unpredictable variables and context of war: “what’s the context, what’s the situation, is the use of force appropriate in this context and this target, and you can automate it but can you automate it well, and who’s responsible when it doesn’t operate correctly”." Read more » about Campaign to Stop Killer Robots warns UN of threat 'a few years away'
No longer confined to science fiction, the use of autonomous robots in a military context has become a very real possibility in recent years. International Innovationcaught up with Dr Peter Asaro, co-Founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, at the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), where steps were taken towards a treaty on the use of lethal autonomous weapons. Read more » about Stopping killer robots
"“These robotic weapons would be able to choose and fire on targets on their own, without human intervention,” says Dr Peter Asaro of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (stopkillerrobots.org). “Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield is an unacceptable application of technology.” Read more » about Introducing Spot, the four-legged robot dog: family pet or potential battle aid?
"Automation extends far beyond the battlefield, sometimes with profound implications. Peter Asaro, a philosopher who studies artificial intelligence, says questions need to be asked about how and when humans transfer control to machines in their every day lives. Read more » about The Air Force Wants You to Trust Robots. Should You?
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?
Robotic warfare is no longer the realm of science fiction. From drones to the development of lethal, autonomous robotic weaponry, we take a look at the ethics of the future of killer robots and where this will ultimately lead mankind. Read more » about Deep Dive: God, Science & Robotic Warfare
Are you worried about killer robots? Last week, some of the most prominent thinkers in science and technology signed an open letter that warned of the coming arms race should militaries pursue the development and deployment of artificially intelligent weaponry. The letter was written by The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of NGOs, and was signed by almost 14,000 people, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak. Read more » about Killer robots: the coming arms race?
It may be old news here in Hollywood -- but the world’s scientists are now warning us about killer robots. Hundreds of scientists, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk wrote an open letter released this week, in which they warned of a global A.I. arms race.Peter Asaro
Panelists: Peter Asaro, Jason Millar, Kristen Thomasen, & David Post
Asaro, “Regulating Robots: A Multi-Scale Approach to Developing Robot Policy and Technology” http://bit.ly/1H1fZE8
Millar, “Sketching an Ethics Evaluation Tool for Robot Design and Governance” http://bit.ly/1Fsqro4 Read more » about WeRobot 2015 Panel 3: “Robotics Governance”
(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