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
"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?
"When he was in fourth grade, Peter Asaro ’94 got the assignment of making a Valentine’s Day mailbox. But unlike most 9-year-olds, he didn’t dig around his mother’s closet for a shoebox. Instead, he cannibalized circuit boards, a clock-radio speaker and a remote-controlled tank to build a robotic mailbox that visited his classmates’ desks.
The story is a harbinger of what was to become a defining interest in Asaro’s life: how technology and people interact and influence one another. Read more » about Peter Asaro Vs. the Killer Robots
"“One reacts to the other because it senses a threat and then the other reacts to that reaction because it senses a threat and then they start calling re-enforcements and it could escalate very quickly, and no humans are actually involved in the decision to initiate or escalate force,” said Peter Asaro, an affiliate scholar at Stanford and professor of media studies at The New School. Read more » about ‘Killer robots’ could spark violence against Canadians, change global power balances: DND
"“I think most people are afraid of AIs that will turn against us or try to take over the world,” Peter Asaro, a New School researcher who received a grant for $116,974, told me in an email. Read more » about Elon Musk Hopes These Researchers Can Save Us from Superintelligent AI
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?
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
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