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

By midian182 ยท 41 replies
Sep 12, 2017
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  1. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 543   +250

    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).
  2. geogan

    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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  3. mmd nmvr

    mmd nmvr TS Member Posts: 16   +11

    Pretty cool way to die though
  4. Michiel

    Michiel TS Member Posts: 24   +14

    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. ;)
  5. Reachable

    Reachable TS Addict Posts: 205   +81

    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.
  6. Luurch

    Luurch TS Enthusiast Posts: 30

    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...
  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,935   +2,424

    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!
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

    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...
  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,845   +1,238

    Just like the real thing!
  10. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow TS Addict Posts: 216   +74

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

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,822   +870

    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!
  12. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Addict Posts: 208   +92

    ****, they already replaced in bed. No one wants to wife one and have you even seen the ones protesting? No one wants to touch one.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

    "****, they already replaced in bed. No one wants to wife one and have you even seen the ones protesting? No one wants to touch one, even with someone else's ten foot pole"!

    Fixed! (y):cool:
  14. Solar Flair

    Solar Flair TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +24

    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.
  15. zazapensive

    zazapensive TS Rookie

    Based on this info all my cherry will be offline.
  16. zazapensive

    zazapensive TS Rookie

    maybe there is a career in being a human pet to a humanoid household.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,519   +3,035

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