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Friday, October 9, 2009

The Dangers of Rogue Household Robots?

Now here's something that was so obvious yet it never occurred to me.
While the machine uprising may not be upon us just yet, a group of University of Washington researchers has conducted a study on the various threats to security and privacy that household robots currently on the market could introduce to our homes. While their findings found little to fear in the way of an I, Robot-esque revolt, it turns out common household robots can open a home to various security and privacy threats, mostly via web-enabled features that are supposed to make the robots more useful. To put it briefly: if you can access your camera-equipped household robot remotely via the Internet, so can someone else.
 I guess I'll have to tell the wife to dispose of the roomba

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