Sex robots are no longer a part of a niche world. They have exploded in the public consciousness and are widely being used by people across the globe. But with robots becoming increasingly advanced, there is a high possibility that they could be tuned to give us more than just pleasure. This grim fact isn't some dystopian science fiction, if cyber security lecturer and cyber defense whiz Dr. Nick Patterson is to be believed. In his opinion, sex robots can turn into terminators and can easily be tuned to kill, if hacked.
Dr. Patterson from Deakin University, Australia, told Daily Star Online that hacking into many modern-day robots, including sexbots, is much easier than hacking a mobile phone or computer. He explained, “Hackers can hack into a robot or any robotic device and get full control of the connections, arms, legs. Often these robots can be upwards of 200 pounds, and very strong. Once a robot is hacked, the hacker has full access to its operating system and can issue instructions to the robot as per his/her wish."
If that doesn't sound scary enough, he elaborates: “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 any type of physical actions for an advantageous scenario or to even cause damage. "
A 2016 study by the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany found out that more than 40 per cent of the 263 heterosexual men surveyed had imagined using a sex robot in the future. One company, the California-based Abyss Creations, already ships up to more than 600 hyper-realistic sex dolls per year to customers worldwide. With the popularity of sexbots increasing among people worldwide, it becomes all the more necessary for people to understand the cons of technology better.