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Death By Robot

Posted September 30, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Every day some advance in technology brings robots one step closer to becoming more life-like. Whether it is in movement or behavior, the rate at which this is happening is dizzying. Take for instance the companion robot. Better known as sex bots, these robots can be, according to recent developments, hacked to kill their human significant others.

What’s more human than wanting to kill your significant other?

Researcher and cybersecurity lecturer Dr. Nick Patterson recently cautioned that the sex robots could be dangerous if hacked by someone with murderous intentions.

“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," said Patterson. "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."

Other experts in the field expand on this warning and believe this concern shouldn’t be limited to a particular kind of robot, suggesting that any robot that interacts with humans is vulnerable to hacking.

Likewise, Elon Musk has warned that robots pose a real threat to humanity:

“I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”

Other cybersecurity experts believe that the fear of being murdered by sex robots is being exaggerated and the likelier scenario is that users will actually die from this byproduct of human-robot relations.

Are you concerned about a robot-uprising? Did you know that there is such a thing as a sex bot (because I didn’t), never mind one bent on murder?

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10/01/2017 12:34 PM

This comment to your 3 reference's is not intended to show lack of empathy.

A. The Engineer should of known better to shut off the power before working on a machine.

B. Here was an example of negligence on the part of the employee and his supervisor.

In both A & B , the robot, could not be implicated for fault, for injuries sustained, thus rendering a reference baseless.

C. Is it possible, that a surgeon's gifted hands, in manuvering surgical instruments, not be gifted in manuvering remote controls that manipulate robotic appendages.

Maybe what's needed here is a new class of surgeon or a surgeon's assistant that operates the machine, while the primary surgeon provides direction.

I submit a reference to video gamers, where one person is adept at operating the controls and another person is adept at directing strategy.

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10/07/2017 4:27 PM

Well this one was intentional....although it was the police controlling the action...

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/12/us/dallas-police-robot-c4-explosives/index.html

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09/30/2017 10:50 AM

I'm thinking it might be easier to do someone in by hacking their self-driving car.

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09/30/2017 2:02 PM

Want me to give him the clamps boss??

Beware the Robot Mafia...

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09/30/2017 11:27 PM

Better than death by roo-roo.

(sorry, this is so far off-topic . . .)

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Oh I thought you meant snu snu...

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I've come to realize that there are several versions of that joke that had been passed around . . . .

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10/01/2017 12:50 PM

The simple solution here is that robotic droids do not have a built in router, rather updates to the operating system can be installed by sim cards.

The same way a user updates the memory of a portable gps unit or a digital camera.

Then there is the issue of liability, a waiver would need to be signed by the end user, so if a malfunction did occur, then damages would be the responsibility of the operator. ( Of course this would only apply to a limited class of devices )

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10/02/2017 12:49 PM

I recall a reported death in a Japanese factory where the robots along the assembly line were programmed to go through stretching movements that mimicked worker movements. The intention was to integrate the robots into the workforce as coworkers. Stretching time was and still is a common thing in Japanese factories at the start of the work day. The factory speakers play music and the workers go through a choreographed set of movements.

In this particular instance, the worker was standing along side the robot going through the stretching routine when the robot experienced an axis fail, turned 90 degrees and crushed the worker.

The last time I was in a Japanese factory, the robots were segregated from the workers in enclosed cage safety structures. The robots still went through the stretching routine.

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