The drone dubbed CUPID (Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone) was displayed at South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival this year. Chaotic Moon Studio demonstrates (below) how a drone can remotely stun a person, but its creators say it has other capabilities beyond law enforcement. The question I raise is out of all the positive demonstrations that were options, why have developers selected to showcase these specific abilities of drone technology? The video suggests having your own taser drone floating behind you at all times (illegal in all 50 states) to provide personal security.
C.U.P.I.D. “can deliver 80,000 volts of pure projectile terror directly into the skin of an ill-intentioned hoodlum.”
The project is meant to “raise awareness of what [drones] can do technically,” Whurley said, a co-founder of the company. “There’s a lot this can do in the public space, but also the personal safety space.”
Polls have shown overwhelmingly that the American public opposes police using drones, not enthusiastic about Amazon.com drone service and do not approve of drone use domestically. However, lobbyists and congress passed a bill paving the way for 30,000 unmanned drones to fly American skies against the people’s will. The cost of these undoubtedly will be passed on to the American taxpayer.