Peter Asaro

Dr. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media. His work examines the interfaces between social relations, human minds and bodies, artificial intelligence and robotics, and digital media. His current research focuses on the social, cultural, political, legal and ethical dimensions of military robotics and UAV drones, from a perspective that combines media theory with science and technology studies. He has written widely-cited papers 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. His research has been published in international peer reviewed journals and edited volumes, and he is currently writing a book that interrogates the intersections between military robotics, interface design practices, and social and ethical issues. Dr. Asaro has held research positions at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University, the HUMlab of Umeå University in Sweden, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. He has also developed technologies in the areas of virtual reality, data visualization and sonification, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robot vision, and neuromorphic robotics at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and Iguana Robotics, Inc., and was involved in the design of the natural language interface for the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine (winner of the 2010 SXSW Web Interactive Award for Technical Achievement), for Wolfram Research. He is currently working on an Oral History of Robotics project that is funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. Dr. Asaro received his PhD in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned a Master of Arts from the Department of Philosophy, and a Master of Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science.


Recent Posts by: Peter Asaro

Meaningful Paper

ICRAC Releases New Report on Meaningful Human Control

ICRAC News, Working Papers

Posted on 20 August 2019

ICRAC Members Daniele Amoroso and Guglielmo Taburrini have completed a new ICRAC Working paper #4 on “What makes human control over weapons “Meaningful”? The paper was prepared for distribution at the August 2019 meeting of the United Nations CCW GGE on Lethal Autonomous Weapons. The paper can be downloaded from our Resources Page, along with […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Statement at Informal Consultations of the August 2019 CCW GGE on LAWS

ICRAC News, News

Posted on 20 August 2019

Statement delivered by ICRAC Vice-chair Peter Asaro to the CCW GGE Informal Session on the Chair’s Non-Paper, August 19, 2019. “The International Committee for Robot Arms Control, which is a member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, would like to thank the Chair for this Draft, and make the following comments and requests. First […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC statement at the March 2019 CCW GGE

Front Page, ICRAC News, Slider, Statements

Posted on 26 March 2019

As delivered by Prof. Peter Asaro ICRAC has been pleased to hear states shift their focus away from definitions of the technologies of autonomous weapons systems and move towards discussing restriction of their use with regards to how they should be controlled. Of course, by definition, if states wanted genuine meaningful human control of weapons […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Statement at the April 2018 CCW GGE

Front Page, ICRAC News, News, Statements

Posted on 09 April 2018

International Committee for Robot Arms Control Statement to the UN GGE Meeting 2018 Delivered by Dr Thompson Chengeta, on 9 April 2018 Mr. Chairperson, I speak on behalf of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control [ICRAC], a founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Ambassador Gill, we thank you for your important […] Continue Reading

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ICRAC Video: Peaceful Uses of Robotics and Banning LAWS

ICRAC News, Media, News, Slider, Statements, YouTube video

Posted on 12 November 2015

Stop the Killer Robots from Kamille Rodriguez on Vimeo. The video explains that a ban on killer robots would not have negative impacts on the development of other robotics applications and research. It was created for ICRAC by digital animation artist Kamille Rodriguez:   Continue Reading

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ICRAC second statement on Overarching Issues, 2015 CCW Expert Meeting

ICRAC News, Statements

Posted on 17 April 2015

On Thursday April 16, ICRAC’s Dr. Peter Asaro delivered the following statement to the informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva: Thank you Mr. Chair. In response to China’s question, a number of security experts have pointed to the danger of mass attack by conventional weapons on strategically important installations.  Autonomous weapons would […] Continue Reading

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