Cybersecurity researcher warns that future sex robots could kill users if hacked

Capaill

TS Evangelist
Watch the movie Ex Machina. It's an amazing movie and deals with AI powered robots.
I'm thinking more of the movie iRobot where robots could be hacked en masse. In Ex Machina, the robot wasn't hacked, it chose its own path (an equally terrifying possibility).
 

geogan

TS Member
Lot's of movie references here, but I'm surprised nobody mentioned the classic Bladerunner, with the murderous female replicants? Maybe average techspot reader is too young to know it, I don't know.

Also why worry about sex robots causing harm to some males, doesn't the average human female cause much more emotional/psychological damage to the average male on a daily basis than any robot ever could?
 
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Michiel

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There is also quite a good recent Swedish series called "Real Humans" which shows a near future where humanoid "household" robots (HuBots) can be just bought off the shelf. Of course these robots can also be programmed for more... entertaining purposes. Deals in interesting ways with ethical problems we will run into when robots start looking and behaving more and more like humans, not to mention the problems when the robots get violent. ;)
 

Reachable

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Those robots are going to be hea-vy. Picture a robot looking just like a runway model but weighing 315 lbs. Might be a tad unwieldy.
 

Luurch

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Doesn't sound to me like it would be a terrible way to die, there are much worse ways to go for sure. Just think what something like this would do to the lot lizard industry though, what are those poor girls working the truck stops going to do for themselves? I guess they can get a $15 dollar an hour job at mcdonalds, almost forgot about that...
 

Uncle Al

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Just take off the wifi and pull the network cord out of their butt, run your spyware and have at it! Or we could create an Asian edition and send a few hundred over to Kim Jung Un and see how successful they could be!
 

captaincranky

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Just take off the wifi and pull the network cord out of their butt, run your spyware and have at it! Or we could create an Asian edition and send a few hundred over to Kim Jung Un and see how successful they could be!
Yeah, with pruning shears built into their "pelvic entertainment port"

A good and thorough neutering might reduce his urge to spray mark the rest of the world with his musk...
 
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Joe Blow

I haven't heard the Feminists ***** about this one and how they are being replaced.. in bed too.
 

Squid Surprise

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I'm more inclined to compare this to the pretty awesome HBO TV series Westworld (and the fairly terrible 70s movie the series was based on)...

There will always be people, male and female, who are interested in new and/or different experiences. Alas, like anything machine related, there are always risks... of course, having your sex robot pull a knife and gut you is probably something reserved for Sci/Fi - but ya never know!
 

Solar Flair

TS Enthusiast
I don't see the point of emphasizing/adding the 'sex' keyword for this topic.
Why sex robot?? I mean isn't this hacking risk apply to all kind of serving robot?
e.g. maid/worker robot which wash your dishes and clean your home make more sense to be 7x24 online.

Anyway, it would be interesting to see ransomware hijacking sex robot.
Instead of not providing service, a sex robot could do a lot worse.
And I wonder how it feel for the owner to get tech support for their sex robot.
 

zazapensive

TS Rookie
There is also quite a good recent Swedish series called "Real Humans" which shows a near future where humanoid "household" robots (HuBots) can be just bought off the shelf. Of course these robots can also be programmed for more... entertaining purposes. Deals in interesting ways with ethical problems we will run into when robots start looking and behaving more and more like humans, not to mention the problems when the robots get violent. ;)
maybe there is a career in being a human pet to a humanoid household.
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