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Local company creates taser-armed drone

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At Chaotic Moon Studios, science fiction is fact.

You're watching a "stun copter," or chaotic unmanned personal intercept drone shoot 80,000 volts of electricity into this volunteer's body.

"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 autonomously follow them," said Co-founder, William Hurley.

He says they've had lots of interest from military and law enforcement agencies about C.U.P.I.D.--that's what they call it for short.

"This is something that's affordable for almost everybody and in the next two or three years the technology will probably cut in half, by price," said Hurley. "Right now, the FAA just has some vague, basic rules around them."

The idea behind the demonstration is not to peak buyers' interests though.

"We have no intention of commercializing it," said Hurley.

In fact, the unmanned aerial vehicle is set to be destroyed soon.

If they're going to repurpose it, then you might be asking why they built it in the first place.

"I think that's hopefully, a wake-up call," Hurley said. "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."

This is something that doesn't just exist in video games anymore.

The technology is here and not everyone is ready.

Hurley said, "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."

There are some other prototypes that could be available for commercialization in the near future.

Like an EMP drone, or electromagnetic pulse drone.

Hurley said, "A lot of stars have been paparazzi fly small drones over their property, taking photos and videos of their personal lives."

A search and rescue drone and environmental drone, that would look for gas or oil pipeline leaks are also in the works.

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