If you’ve been keeping up with technology news this year you’ll be aware that people are a bit concerned about artificial intelligence.
Yeah, it isn’t looking good and we wouldn’t bet against Judgment Day from the Terminator movies happening anytime soon.
Just when you thought it was advanced computer systems and the military that were out to get us, it turns out that sex robots – the very machines designed to give us pleasure – could be about to kill us too.
However, a warning from Dr Nick Patterson, a cybersecurity lecturer at Deakin University, Australia has to be the starkest yet.
He believes that in the future sex robots could be easier for hackers to access and control than a laptop or a mobile phone.
From there these remotely controlled cyborgs could be used for all sorts of nefarious means such as violence and murder.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Dr Patterson said:
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.
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.
Dr Patterson goes on to add that – like smartphones – robots will need an operating system that will need to be connected to the Internet, making it easier to hack into.
Of course, Dr Patterson’s warning is pure speculation but, as technology continues to rapidly improve, there is no telling what the future could hold.
Every innovation in technology opens the doors to many possibilities. A subset of those possibilities will always be worse than the others. And since a subset of humans always go for the worse options, it’s pretty much a sure thing that if sex bots can be hacked, they will be.