Imagine a scenario where you want to play with a sex robot, but it plays you before you could figure out what went wrong.
Back in 2015, Dr. Kathleen Richardson of Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) launched a campaign against electronic sex with Robots and warned about the psychological and social dangers of having intercourse electronically with robots. Now in September 2017, it looks like her campaign made sense.
Recently, Nick Patterson, a lecturer and cybersecurity researcher at Deacybersecurity said that sex robots could kill their owners if hackers got their hands on them. That means if hackers exploited critical vulnerabilities in the system it could allow attackers to turn sex robots into a killing machine.
“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. “Once a robot is hacked, the hacker has full control and can issue instructions to the robot,” Nick told DailyStar.
The warning is alarming yet considered as overrated by many but at the same time, it’s noteworthy since robots use the same operating system as the smartphone or computer system you use. And since sex robots are connected to the Internet, the vulnerable track record of the Internet of Things devices (IoT) is known to everyone.
“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,” said Nick.
The technology and skills of hackers and security agencies are becoming so sophisticated that to hack a device they don’t even require it to be connected to the Internet. Just like the Vault 7 leaked documents highlighting how the CIA can hack computers not connected to the internet.
Previously, Stuart Russell, a professor at Berkeley University said that killer drones and robots would leave humanity ‘Utterly Defenceless.’ Russell’s findings were also seconded by physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.
While not so long ago in March this year, IOActive researchers discovered that there are some highly critical vulnerabilities which can allow hackers and even state-sponsored groups to hack robots and exploit them to kill people and spy on military secrets.
So what would you prefer? Life or death at the hands of a robot while having sex with it?