By Robert McMillan
October 8, 2009
IDG News Service
It seems like a question ripped from the back of a cheap sci-fi novel:
What happens when the robots are turned against us?
But researchers at the University of Washington think it's finally time
to start paying some serious attention to the question of robot
security. Not because they think robots are about to go all Terminator
on us, but because the robots can already be used to spy on us and
vandalize our homes.
Robots have emerged as popular consumer devices over the past few years
-- primarily as toys, but also as household chore robots such as
iRobot's Roomba vacuuming machine.
In a paper published Thursday  the researchers took a close look at
three test robots: the Erector Spykee, and WowWee's RoboSapien and
Rovio. They found that security is pretty much an afterthought in the
current crop of robotic devices.
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