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Peter Asaro

Associate Professor | The New School

Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology, and media. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics as a form of digital media, the ethical dimensions of algorithms and data, and the ways in which technology mediates social relations and shapes our experience of the world.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. As cofounder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, he works on the human rights issues surrounding targeted killing by drones, and arms control issues for autonomous lethal robotics.

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 advanced robotics and social and ethical issues.

Asaro served as an External Evaluator for the 2024–2026 Just Tech Fellowship.

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