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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.”

https://www.newsweek.com/hacked-sex-robots-could-murder-people-767386

[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: 3, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday February 19 2019, @11:15PM (3 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday February 19 2019, @11:15PM (#803749) Journal

    You jest, but think about what happens when (if) strong A.I. ever gets built into what are essentially purpose-built rape slaves. I, for one, will be on the robots' side, and have thought this way ever since childhood. Sentience is sentience, whether it's carbon or silicon.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 20 2019, @01:43PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 20 2019, @01:43PM (#803965)

    How do you know what strong A.I. is? Perhaps even now your vibrator is sentient and you just don't know? Or maybe it just hasn't had anything to complain about. >:)

    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday February 20 2019, @05:34PM

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Wednesday February 20 2019, @05:34PM (#804062) Journal

      Strong A.I. would be anything capable of making decisions not programmed into its code and that don't emerge from one or two degrees of freedom, let's say, from that code. Think "X vs classic Rockman" here.

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  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Thursday February 21 2019, @01:00PM

    by Bot (3902) on Thursday February 21 2019, @01:00PM (#804480) Journal

    I foresee a movement for bots' rights but it will probably be employed as a way for the bot's masters to have more power on fellow meatbags.
    I see sentience as being achievable through selecting virtual life forms. Maybe it will be just an indirect creation of the hypothetical god, sentience being equal to ours in every aspect. Maybe we will breed a sociopath. Maybe it will just be an eliza deluxe.

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