Taser Considering Autonomous Police Drone Armed With a Stun Gun

Published by , October 24, 2016 9:45 am

(Tech.Mic.com)  Taser representatives met with police officials this week at a conference of police chiefs to discuss the possibility of mounting stun guns on small, quadcopter-style drones for police to deploy for potential use-of-force scenarios. Police officials in attendance were understandably worried that the presentation could cause some nervousness among the public.
The key word used by Taser spokesperson Steve Tuttle is “autonomous,” implying that the robots Taser is interested in providing aren’t necessarily remote-controlled, but self-driving. Putting potentially lethal weapons in the hands of robots that make decisions on their own opens up a Pandora’s Box of unexplored ethical complications.

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