Peter Asaro

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T here is growing concern about and interest in the ethical design and regulation of autonomous lethal robot-ics [1], [2], [4], [6], [19]. While these concerns are justifi ed, and their implications for the design of autonomous systems important, it is not merely the autonomous nature of lethal robotics that raises ethical issues in design. Indeed, the(More)
(Received B; final version received B) Q1 This article considers W. Ross Ashby's ideas on the nature of embodied minds, as articulated in the last five years of his career. In particular, it attempts to connect his ideas to later work by others in robotics, perception and consciousness. While it is difficult to measure his direct influence on this work, the(More)
This paper describes and frames a central ethical issue–the liability problem–facing the regulation of artificial computational agents, including artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic systems, as they become increasingly autonomous, and supersede current capabilities. While it frames the issue in legal terms of liability and culpability, these terms are(More)
The four editors of this special issue met in Sheffield, UK in September 2009, one electronically, after reading each other's papers and discovering that they shared concerns about military plans to develop armed unmanned systems, in particular autonomous ones. Concerns about peace and international stability exist with all such systems, remotely controlled(More)