September 8, 2023

Co-Director Speaks on How Ethics are Important, But Does Not Replace Need for Regulation

The Markup

In an article with the Markup, TPL Co-Director Ryan Calo speaks on the on-going issue with Axon and their goals of creating more taser-armed drones. In response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Texas, technology company Axon vowed to start developing taser-equipped drones. However, Axon’s AI Ethics Board and many other voices, including attorneys, activists, and academics have come out against this initiative. Among those individuals was Professor Calo, stating that ethics aren’t not enough to stop production of weaponized drones – there needs to be a law to back up these moral standings.