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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Alleged: Axon Enterprise developed an AI system deployed by none, which harmed US schools and US students.

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Khoa Lam

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Known AI Goal

Autonomous Drones

Potential AI Technology

Image Segmentation

Potential AI Technical Failure

Lack of Capability Control, Underspecification

Taser manufacturer drops proposal to put armed drones in schools after mass resignation from ethics board · 2022

Key points:

  • 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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