Developers intended demonstration to provide a “wake up call” over dystopic technology
March 24, 2014
A drone with built in 80,000 volt taser nodes is now a source of interest for the military and the police, according to reports.
The device, which was debuted in Austin recently at the SXSW gathering, was billed as a “personal security” drone named Chaotic Moon Studios’ CUPID UAV, an acronym for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone.
A video of the weapon in action included one of the developers being shocked by the taser bearing drone, and collapsing into an immobile state.
The developers clearly had more than personal security in mind, however, telling Fox 5 news that the device would be perfect for law enforcement use.
“If you imagine a S.W.A.T. raid and people running – why send officers, with gun blazing, down an alley way where they can shoot and harm an innocent person or whatever, when you could just have the drone follow them,” said Chaotic Moon co-founder, William “Whurley” Hurley.
Hurley added that police departments and even military officials have been expressing interest since the Austin video went viral online. He also declared that he has absolutely no intention of commercialising the device, and that the video was intended as “a wake-up call.”
“We, as a society, should all be involved in the conversation of technology governance, not just the legislators who often do a knee jerk reaction, or the inventors and entrepreneurs who often don’t think about some of the consequences of their technologies,” Hurley said.
He added that he intends to destroy the device soon, and that the publicity stunt was aimed at raising awareness of and debate surrounding such technology.
“This is something that’s affordable for almost everybody and in the next two or three years the technology will probably cut the price in half,” Hurley said, adding that “Right now, the FAA just has some vague, basic rules around them.”
“We, as the people who have to live our everyday lives, often are either affected by or ruled by things that we never have a discussion about or are never involved in.” the developer added.
The idea conjures up memories of the flying saucer spy drones from the 1988 dystopian cult classic movie They Live. Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report also features drone robots that can administer electrical shocks to suspects. The opening of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four also features the idea of police flying overhead and snooping into homes. With a taser fitted to such devices, as these developers have demonstrated, this nightmare vision is set to become a shocking reality.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.