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Georgia Tech Researchers Teach Robot to Lie September 13, 2010

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Georgia Tech Regents professor Ronald Arkin (left) and research engineer Alan Wagner conducted simulations and experiments as part of what is believed to be the first detailed examination of robot deception.

Is this the first step towards a Skynet-like robot takeover? You decide. Read the full article on the Georgia Institute of Technology Research News blog.

(I, for one, welcome our robot overlords)

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When good robots go bad… November 5, 2009

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Mainstream television and film have given robots a bad rep. Many people carry the stigma that robots could turn against us, when really, they are performing tasks that are too dull, dirty and/or dangerous for humans to do on their own.

An interesting study was cited today on msnbc.com, where scientists at University of Washington warn consumers about the vulnerabilities our household robots may suffer and what kind of situations that might pose to their masters (think iRobot). I was contacted by the article’s author, Diane Mapes, to discuss the likelyhood of our household robots revolting against us. I tend to think that it’s highly doubtful you’d find yourself being vacuumed to death by your Roomba.

But what our conversation did entertain was the idea that one could take control and/or reprogram your vacuuming robot with a malicious content. It was quite an interesting and enjoyable conversation; there’s a spectrum of motives and possibilities.  Take a closer look here.

So what do you think? Any Roomba or Spykee owners feeling a little exposed? Is it really something we should be concerned about? Or shall we continue opening up our families to robotic additions?