Axon halts plans for Taser drone as nine on ethics board resign

Source: SFGate

“Axon, the company best known for developing the Taser, said Monday it was halting plans to develop a Taser-equipped drone after a majority of its ethics board resigned over the controversial project. Axon’s founder and CEO Rick Smith said the company’s announcement last week (which drew a rebuke from its artificial intelligence ethics board) was intended to ‘initiate a conversation on this as a potential solution.’ Smith said the ensuing discussion ‘provided us with a deeper appreciation of the complex and important considerations’ around the issue. … The board had voted 8-4 a few weeks ago to recommend Axon not proceed with a pilot of the Taser drone and had concerns about introducing weaponizing drones in over-policed communities of color.” (06/06/22)