Axon’s Taser drone idea faces backlash; CEO’s Reddit AMA session today
Axon, the company that invented Taser stun guns, says it has “formally” begun the development of a Taser drone to address America’s chronic gun violence problem. The concept, which has been voted firmly against by the company’s own Al Ethics Advisory Board, has resulted in immediate backlash and contempt from social media users.
Axon says Taser drones, which fire a pair of barbed darts that deliver a paralyzing electrical charge, will play a key role in the company’s long-term plan to detect and stop mass shootings in less than 60 seconds. The idea has been brewing internally for a while now. The first time Axon CEO and founder Rick Smith described such a system in detail was in his 2019 book The End of Killing.
Smith says he wants Taser drones to be installed in schools and other public venues to play the same role that sprinklers and other fire suppression tools do for firefighters: Prevent a catastrophic event, or at least mitigate its worst…