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posted by martyb on Tuesday February 19 2019, @01:59PM   Printer-friendly
from the build-a-[fire]-wall! dept.

Sex robots could be hijacked by hackers and used to cause harm or even kill people, a cybersecurity expert has warned.

Artificial intelligence researchers have consistently warned of the security risks posed by internet-connected robots, with hundreds recently calling on governments to ban weaponized robots.

The latest warning comes from a cybersecurity expert who made the prophecy to several U.K. newspapers.

“Hackers can hack into a robot or a robotic device and have full control of the connections, arms, legs and other attached tools like in some cases knives or welding devices,” Nicholas Patterson, a cybersecurity lecturer at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, told the Star.

“Often these robots can be upwards of 200 pounds and very strong. Once a robot is hacked, the hacker has full control and can issue instructions to the robot. The last thing you want is for a hacker to have control over one of these robots. Once hacked they could absolutely be used to perform physical actions for an advantageous scenario or to cause damage.”

[Yes, the story is "clickbait-y", but the underlying point still remains that remote access to IoT (Internet of Things) devices could wreak havoc. Do any Soylentils have IoT devices and what, if anything, have you done to provide protection from undesired monitoring or tampering? --Ed.]

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 19 2019, @03:52PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 19 2019, @03:52PM (#803506)

    There is, for a love at distance.
    Sexbots would be just interfaces, receivers, data communication sets, not complete simulators of a sex partner, but a gateway to one. Together with VR equipment, they can even be a nondescript dolls made only for tactile sense stimulation. That would have interesting implications and consequences, in love at distance, sexual partner selection, massive online cheating, online prostitution, and prophylaxes. It is possible that real "in carne" sex would all but completely disappear because augmented reality one can be ... well, augmented as desired, anonymized, with very few physical consequences for participants (pregnancy, STDs, attachments), and therefore more easily available.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by fyngyrz on Tuesday February 19 2019, @04:35PM

    by fyngyrz (6567) on Tuesday February 19 2019, @04:35PM (#803523) Journal

    Sexbots would be just interfaces

    That's not a sex robot.

    That's a sex avatar.

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