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Dr.Asaro, P. (Peter)

The New School
Faculty: School of Media Studies

Visiting address

University of Twente Cubicus C324 Enschede

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Department of Philosophy University of Twente Postbus 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands



Peter Asaro (PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) is Assistant Professor at the School of Media Studies of The New School, a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He is also co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of NGOs. His research focuses on the ethical, legal and policy implications of robotic systems. He is currently working on a book that examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to the design and use of consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, autonomous vehicles, UAV drones, and military robots. He received his PhD in philosophy and master of computer science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Asaro, P. (Forthcoming). “Jus nascendi, Robotic Weapons and the Martens Clause,” in Ryan Calo, Michael Froomkin and Ian Kerr (eds.) Robot Law, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Asaro, P. (2013). “The Labor of Surveillance and Bureaucratized Killing: New Subjectivities of Military Drone Operators,” Special Issue on Charting, Tracking, Mapping: Technology, Labor, and Surveillance, Gretchen Soderlund (ed.), Social Semiotics, 23 (2), pp. 196-224.

Asaro, P. (2012). “On Banning Autonomous Lethal Systems: Human Rights, Automation and the Dehumanizing of Lethal Decision-making,” Special Issue on New Technologies and Warfare, International Review of the Red Cross, 94 (886), Summer 2012, pp. 687-709.

Asaro, P. (2011). “A Body to Kick, But Still No Soul to Damn: Legal Perspectives on Robotics,” in Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, and George Bekey (eds.) Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 169-186.

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.

Asaro, P. (2009). “ Modeling the Moral User: Designing Ethical Interfaces for Tele-Operation,” IEEE Technology & Society, 28 (1), 20-24.

Asaro, P. (2008). “From Mechanisms of Adaptation to Intelligence Amplifiers: The Philosophy of W. Ross Ashby,” in Michael Wheeler, Philip Husbands and Owen Holland (eds.) The Mechanical Mind in History, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 149-184.

Asaro, P. (2008). “How Just Could a Robot War Be?” in Adam Briggle, Katinka Waelbers and Philip A. E. Brey (eds.), Current Issues in Computing And Philosophy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press, pp. 50-64.

Asaro, P. (2006). “What Should We Want from a Robot Ethic?,” Special Issue on Ethics in Robotics, Karsten Weber, Daniela Cerquie and Jutta Weber (eds.), International Review of Information Ethics, 6 (12), pp. 9-16.

Asaro, P. (2006). “Working Models and the Synthetic Method: Electronic Brains as Mediators Between Neurons and Behavior,” Special Issue on Models and Simulations, Tarja Knuuttila, Erika Mattila and Martina Merz (eds.), Science Studies 19 (1), pp. 12-34.

Asaro, P. (2000). “Transforming Society by Transforming Technology: The Science and Politics of Participatory Design,” Accounting, Management and Information Technologies, Special Issue on Critical Studies of Information Practice, 10 (4), pp. 257-290.

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