Your sex robot was hacked and now you’re dead. Sex with robots is likely to become an increasingly popular pastime over the next few decades, but when that time comes, it’s important to take precautions.
“Hackers can hack into a robot or a robotic device and have full control of the connections, arms, legs and other attached tools like knives or welding devices“, Patterson told Star Online. “Once a robot is hacked, the hacker has full control and can issue instructions to the robot”, Patterson added.
The push against killer robots has not been heeded by governments, with U.S Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work saying in an interview last week that the age of human-machine collaboration in battle is near, complete with “aggressive use” of big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
“The last thing you want is for a hacker to have control over one of these robots”.
While there are people who will drop thousands of dollars to gain pleasure from a sex robot, a cyber security expert warns that these same sex robots could cause a lot of pain – and not the kind you may have been looking for.
Modern dolls – often instilled with artificial intelligence (AI) – are based upon silicon “skin” and a skeleton which can be changed into a variety of positions.
Given the fact that many of today’s most successful “hacking” techniques, such as phishing, rely more on inducing a user error than complicated, remote reprogramming, I’d say you wouldn’t even need to program the robot to do this damage itself.
So what can you do to avoid being killed by a sex robot? It noted that “all internet and Bluetooth connected devices are vulnerable” to [hacking] and concluded: “There are no iron clad solutions to these problems”. If we reach a point where such robots are capable of lifelike movements – and their “brains” can be tweaked via software updates – it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that “death by sex robot” ends up on some unfortunate soul’s tombstone.