AUSTIN, Tex. (KMOX) – It’s called Project C.U.P.I.D., but don’t expect any love from this drone.
Creative studio Chaotic Moon demonstrated their Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, basically a taser drone, to a small gathering at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.
The firm says C.U.P.I.D. “can deliver 80,000 volts of pure projectile terror directly into the skin of an ill-intentioned hoodlum.”
A group of us St. Louisans huddled over our iPads at a downtown Austin bar on Sunday night — as you’d stereotypically expect from attendees of a tech festival — riveted by the above video of the taser drone taking down an intern.
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We’re already hotly debating the use of drones — but mostly for surveillance purposes.
The University of Missouri’s School of Journalism had to ground its drone journalism program and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson recently expressed a desire to fly drones in the same way a police helicopter is currently used.
The word “weaponized” was not part of the Chief’s vocabulary at the time.
Chaotic Moon’s headquarters is in a loft just a block away from the Austin Convention Center, so I walked over Monday to try and get an in-person glimpse of the machine.
Firm founder William Hurley told me that their intent was, essentially, to shock and awe.
“We’re engineers and we wanted to give an example of something that is actually very feasible for a number of people to pull off,” he said, adding that Chaotic Moon this year plans to demonstrate a series of surprising (shocking?) uses of technology. Hurley just wants the world to be able to debate the likely future — or at least brace for it.