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Faculty Member, Peter Asaro Quoted in New York Times

Peter Asaro was quoted in this New York Times article, from his speech to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in the Spring:

“A robot’s lack of emotion is precisely what makes many people uncomfortable with the idea of trying to give it human characteristics. Death by robot is an undignified death, Peter Asaro, an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, said in a speech in May at a United Nations conference on conventional weapons in Geneva. A machine “is not capable of considering the value of those human lives” that it is about to end, he told the group. “And if they’re not capable of that and we allow them to kill people under the law, then we all lose dignity, in the way that if we permit slavery, it’s not just the suffering of those who are slaves but all of humanity that suffers the indignity that there are any slaves at all.” The U.N. will take up questions about the uses of autonomous weapons again in April.

Asaro’s eloquent objections speak to the fundamental problem of trying to mix automation with morality.”

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