Incident 252: Remotely Operated Taser-Armed Drones Proposed by Taser Manufacturer as Defense for School Shootings in the US
Description: Axon Enterprise considered development of remotely operated drones capable of tasering at a target a short distance away as a defense mechanism for mass shootings, despite its internal AI ethics board’s previous objection and condemnation as dangerous and fantastical.
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Known AI Goal
An AI Goal which is almost certainly pursued by the AI system referenced in the incident.
Potential AI Technology
An AI Method / Technology which probably is a part of the implementation of the AI system referenced in the incident.
Potential AI Technical Failure
An AI Technical Failure which probably contributes to the AI system failure referenced in the incident.
Lack of Capability Control, Underspecification
- The company surprised its own ethics board by announcing the proposal to have taser-armed drones in schools
- The chief executive said he was disappointed board members resigned before discussing their objections
- The ethics board…
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