It’s the year 2098. You’re watching the 85th season of Doctor Who on your WiFi-enabled brain implant when your loved one walks into the room. Of course, she isn’t human, but she surely resembles it, and she’s got that look in her eye that says she wants to get a bit freaky. You fly to the bedroom on your hoverboard and are starting to undress when — BOOM — she smothers you with her cold metal hands. Your sex robot was hacked and killed you. Welcome to the future.
There have been many discussions nowadays about the risks of AI, with people like Elon Musk sounding the alarm and warning us about the very real danger that we can be on the verge of engineering our own demise. Cyber-security specialist Dr. Nick Patterson of Deakin University in Australia has now joined the debates, warning that it isn’t only artificially intelligent war systems that could become a threat, but also sex robots.
In an interview to the Daily Star, Patterson says that the opportunity for hackers to target robots made for love-making could put users at risk.
Patterson notes that hackers can get access to a robot or a robotic device and gain total control of the connections, limbs and other attached tools such as knives or welding devices. He says that many of these robots weigh more than 200 pounds, and are very strong. When a robot is hacked, the hacker can control the robot and give instructions to it. You definitely don’t want a hacker to control one of these robots. When hacked they can completely be used to do different actions for an advantageous scheme or to cause harm.”
Nowadays, the technology of sex robots is quite simple, but who knows what the future can bring. If we make such robots capable of human-like moves — and their microchips can be tweaked by program updates — it’s definitely not far from the reality where “death by sex robot” can be written upon some unfortunate soul’s grave.