Hackers could turn sex-bots into killer cyborgs

Ultra-realistic sex robots could be used by warped hackers to attack humans, according to a chilling warning…The sex robot craze has swept the globe, with punters willing to fork out the cash to have their wicked way with the dolls…And producers have promised punters more realism than ever, with dolls able to mimic human voices and have orgasms set to enter the market.

But tech experts have warned that the more advanced these robots get, the greater the risk they will pose to mankind…

❝ Cyber security lecturer Dr Nick Patterson worryingly said that hacking into a sex robot could even be easier than gaining access to someone’s laptop or phone.

He added that once the robot has been breached, the hacker then has full control…

❝ Dr Patterson, of Deakin University, Australia, predicted that we will soon see robots replacing human workers and mimicking humans…But as long as the robots are connected to an interface, they can always be hacked.

RTFA if you feel like wandering through the crap that passes for the popular press in the UK.

The idea is interesting. Must be a few enterprising low-budget or not-so-low-budget examples on film. But, this analysis is lower than low budget.

There’s an Obvious Way to Hack Your Voice-Controlled Buddy

❝ Siri and Alexa can hear more than you can—and that’s a problem.

You may have thought that you’d be able to hear any rogue attempts to control your increasingly powerful voice assistant. But it turns out that the hardware and algorithms used to control devices like Amazon’s Echo speaker or Apple’s Siri can actually hear commands issued via ultrasound, which is above the range of human hearing.

❝ Researchers at Zhejiang University in China have shown that they can encode commands in high frequency sound that are still recognized by voice assistants. They take a regular human voice and use it to modulate an ultrasound signal—much like the way music can be encoded onto radio waves. Turns out, the mic on devices like an iPhone or Amazon Echo speaker can still detect the sound, and their signal-processing software also picks up the voice signals encoded on the wave.

❝ The researchers say that they have been able to activate Siri to initiate a FaceTime call on an iPhone, command Google Now to switch a phone to airplane mode, and even control the navigation system of an Audi. The same trick also works on Cortana and Alexa, too.

So, erm, those of us who have decided to cover the camera on our computing devices whenever we’re doing something we want kept private had better find easy and portable methods of keeping our devices from eavesdropping on us as well. Something simpler than carrying around a pillow.

Thanks, @SmartAlix

Autonomous car actually has driver dressed as a car seat — WTF?

❝ A gray van was recently seen cruising the streets of suburban, Washington, D.C. — without a driver.

But this wasn’t one of those self-driving cars that Google and car companies have been testing. This was … something else.

❝ The unmarked van first appeared in a video on ARLnow.com, an Arlington, Virginia, news site. In the video pedestrians comment on the van, clearly realizing something is up.

That’s when a local reporter decided to dig deeper. WRC TV’s Adam Tuss and his photographer followed the van for 20 minutes, even after he says the van tried to lose them.

❝ Tuss finally caught up with the 2017 Ford Transit Connect and peered through its windows, only to find a person inside…But instead of sitting in the car’s seat, the person was the seat. The driver was dressed in a car-seat costume.

RTFA for [contradictory] explanations.

In Trump’s Amerika, we need a calendar to track potential protest carnage

❝ People are freaking out about a potential clash between a ‘gang’ of ‘outsiders, misfits, and weirdos’ called the Juggalos and far-right Trump supporters…

Juggalos — fans of the Insane Clown Posse — and a far-right, pro-Trump coalition are both staging marches in Washington, DC on the same day.

And, with both groups promising enormous crowds, a clash between the two groups on September 16 seems likely…

❝ Organizers announced the pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies” on Sunday, describing the event as the “Woodstock of American Rallies” to defend what organizers call traditional American values and culture. While the march is explicitly nonviolent and inclusive, organizers such as the Alt Knights have stated missions of street activism and “confrontation,” and were involved in organizing the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally.

A “Woodstock” of super-patriots, the chickenshit flavor of bigots who crank out lies in the tradition of Establishment politicians, differ from Charloteesville Nazis and Klan members only in levels of hypocrisy. The intent, direction and funding for much of this crap is interchangeable with any other cell of Right Wing losers.

❝ Meanwhile, Juggalos are marching for a very different issue — to protest being classified as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” by the FBI.

While the Insane Clown Posse draws thousands of fans to festivals, many people are in the dark on what Juggalos actually are. According Juggalos, they’re one of the most misunderstood groups of people in the US…

Freaks in the Frank Zappa sense can be useful, even productive, against bigotry, conformity to reactionary culture, social and political backwardness in general. You can also end up with nothing but intellectual laziness, the Lumpen ethos that has characterized déclassé revolt probably since the first Children’s Crusade.

I haven’t confidence in either side of this confrontation having the political savvy, discipline or direction to produce anything other than confrontation theatre. On the 16th, I’m more likely to be watching Liverpool at West Brom on television than a DC clash between uptight, sterile, rightwing stiffs and a herd of pretend clowns convinced they’re relevant to civil liberties.