Drone with 80 kilowatts of intense voltage waits for you to approve, detain or fire on visitors
March 10, 2014
An Austin-based tech firm took SXSW by surprise this past weekend when it unveiled what it believes is the future of security technology – an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of deploying taser nodes and dishing out 80,000 electrifying volts.
Billed as a “personal security” drone, Chaotic Moon Studios’ CUPID UAV, an acronym for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, proved Friday it is more than ready to indiscriminately fire on human targets deemed “threats.”
In a live, taped demo, a group of hipster techies gather around a small production eager to see one of their peers rendered incapacitated.
The test run goes off without a hitch. A poor guinea pig volunteer turns to run from the drone only to collapse onto a collection of mats after being stung with 80 kilowatts of intense voltage.
“The drone can be deployed when an alarm is triggered,” Chaotic Moons Studios stated in a press release. “It can find a subject and send live video to the owners phone and ask if you want to authorize the subject or detain them. If you detain them, it drops into fully autonomous mode to detain them until police arrive. If need be stunning them with 80,000 volts of electricity to render them incapacitated.”
The drones will “shock the world,” Chaotic Moon cynically jests, but the joke may soon be on all of us if and when law enforcement and military agencies begin taking an interest.
Military drones around the world already have notorious reputations for circumscribing due process and extrajudicially murdering foreigners deemed “militant” threats, but we have also seen what happens when these drones make “mistakes.”
Last December, a US drone struck a Yemeni wedding party killing 17, five of whom were merely “suspected” of being affiliated with the Al Qaeda terror group.
And as the drone killings of suspected Al Qaeda affiliate Anwar Al-Alwaki and his 16-year-old Denver-born son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki illustrated, the US is more than willing to fire on American citizens.
For those who think a taser drone would be infinitely safer than one armed with a tomahawk cruise missile, consider there have been 547 taser-related deaths in the US since 2001, quite a few for something billed as “non-lethal.”
Chaotic Moon is also working on a drone with the ability to emit an EMP signal capable of knocking other pesky personal surveillance drones – such as those used by paparazzi – out of the sky, according to RT.
“No definitely not. ha. you must have seen the drone,” they responded during a chat session on their site.
While the new CUPID drone sets a precedent as a novel security gadget, it is in reality merely a stepping stone to realizing a future of autonomous devices that will be able to independently seek out individuals, determine threat levels and mete out punishments accordingly – fully devoid of accountability.