Experts say sex robots can be hacked to kill users

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Sex robots are capable of being fatal to humans should they get into the hands of a hacker, according to experts.
  • The Hongkong law firm Lawyers for Lexology released an article, suggesting that sex robots are as dangerous as military AI.
  • The authors urged developers to “perfect” their software before selling it to the market.

Experts have warned that sex robots have the ability to kill humans once accessed by a hacker.

As artificial intelligence (AI) features become more advance and sophisticated, users can now experience being accompanied with a more “humanized” model of robots.

In a new article posted by the Hongkong-based law firm Lawyers for Lexology (LNC), however, the downside of such innovation could serve as a weapon for cybercriminals who want to promote violence.

The “unassuming sex robots are equally dangerous” with military AI in terms of being a threat to humanity, the article warned.

The robotic sex industry has been thriving amid the COVID-19 pandemic due to the placed restrictions and reduced face-to-face interactions.

“Yet, as with all infant technology, cybersecurity experts warned that these new robots can be a grave threat to humanity,” the article says.

If robots would be controlled by deviant hackers, it could “physically manipulate surroundings” and “wield tools” which could result in disastrous incident.

In an emphatic warning, the article cited Dr. Nick Patterson’s advisory, writing:  “Hacking into many modern-day robots, including sexbots, would be a piece of cake compared to more sophisticated gadgets like cellphones and computers,” adding that “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.”

“Once hacked, they could absolutely be used to perform physical actions for an advantageous scenario or to cause damage,” it continued.

The article also emphasized that cybersecurity can be also susceptible to loopholes, such as the case of one patient at Germany’s Düsseldorf University Hospital who passed away last September when an intruder accessed the computer system and had it deactivated.

The authors also cautioned about potential crimes against software developers should a cyberattack on a robot’s operating system resulted in harming an individual.

Developers are encouraged to build necessary safeguards to protect user data so that the robot could not be manipulated by a devious hacker. They are also advised to include risk disclaimers to inform potential clients of the possible repercussions and “ought to make certain that their platforms are more protected than devices such as cell phones.”

The authors noted, however, that such recommendations are not yet applied by current sex robot developers. The article ended by encouraging sex robot developers to “perfect” their products before unleashing them in the market.

Source: Daily Star

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