Presentation to Include Live TASING Demonstration
LAS VEGAS (May 2019) – In this age of extraordinary technological advancement, what if society could make killing a thing of the past? That is what Rick Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Axon Enterprises and developer of the TASER, proposes is possible in his provocative new book “The End of Killing: Using Technology to Solve Violence.” The public is invited to hear his presentation on Saturday, June 1, in The Mob Museum’s historic courtroom and witness a live TASING demonstration.
In his new book, Smith writes that since its launch in 1993, the TASER has been deployed more than 1 million times saving hundreds of thousands of people from potential death or serious injury. Today, Smith’s company develops technology and weapon products for law enforcement and civilians and is the largest manufacturer of body cameras. Drawing on the latest innovations in advanced weaponry, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, Axon Enterprises seeks ways to improve how police, soldiers, courts and many others in law enforcement and national security perform their work.
Says Smith in the Author’s Note at the outset of his book, “Alongside TASER weapon technology, we led the movement to have police wear body cameras, which have shown great promise to both improve transparency and reduce violent police encounters. We’ve proven, I believe, that it’s possible to address important social problems through a combination of technology and entrepreneurship.”
He acknowledges the book contains what might “sound like far-out ideas,” noting “the ideas we were tempted to write off become the breakthrough solutions we need.” At this program, the public can hear about some of his unconventional solutions, as well as the thoughts of individuals consulted for his book who both agree and disagree with his ideas.
Prior to launching Axon Enterprises, Smith earned his B.S. in Neuroscience from Harvard University (Cum Laude), a Master’s in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He was co-winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year and made Phoenix Business Journal’s list of “Most Admired CEOs and Top-Level Executives” in 2010.
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