US researchers have warned that the availability of sex robots with artificial intelligence (AI) poses a growing psychological and moral threat to individuals and society.
They say the technology is escaping oversight because agencies are too embarrassed to investigate it.
The scientists want action to prevent the unregulated use of such robots.
Dr Christine Hendren of Duke University told BBC News that “the stakes were high”.
“Some robots are programmed to protest, to create a rape scenario,” she said.
“Some are designed to look like children. One developer of these in Japan is a self-confessed paedophile, who says that this device is a prophylactic against him ever hurting a real child.
The software tycoon Bill Gates has commissioned the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht, in a £500m signal of his belief that investment in new clean technology is the best way to cut carbon emissions.
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that the retired 64-year-old is behind the construction of a cutting-edge vessel by the Dutch superyacht specialist Feadship.
The custom build is based on blueprints for the 112-metre design “Aqua” publicized last year at the Monaco Yacht Show by the Dutch marine architects Sinot to draw environmentally sensitive billionaires. It said the plans took “inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner”.
INCREDIBLE new footage shows robots delivering food to people trapped inside a quarantined hotel in China — as coronavirus continues to claim lives. In desperate efforts to stop the deadly virus, more than 200 tourists were housed in the isolation point in Hangzou, east China.
A video taken by the guests staying there shows the robot stopping in front of doors as people come out to take food from them
A host of car manufacturers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas have taken to the stage to show off what they think the future of driving will look like.
Unsurprisingly they expect the future to be electric, but a bit more left-field was Mercedes-Benz’s new concept car, designed alongside James Cameron, the director of the 2009 film Avatar.
The car has been called AVTR and is covered in scales, 33 of them to be precise, which Mercedes-Benz has dubbed “bionic flaps” although they appear to be inspired more by the blockbuster film than real biology
At Tesla Giga Shanghai NSFW!! pic.twitter.com/1yrPyzJQGZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2020
The SpaceX and Tesla founder probably won’t get an invitation for Dancing with the Stars.
No one will mistake Elon Musk for the next Fred Astaire, but the Tesla and SpaceX founder still busted out his best moves onstage at aTuesday in China. I don’t care how well you can dance. If you choose to shake your tail feathers in public, you are a hero.
Musk was proud enough of his boogie skills to post a clip to Twitter, writing “At Tesla Giga Shanghai NSFW!”
LMAOOOOO the tweets are being deleted now but December 31st 2019 will go down as the day Mariah Carey's Twitter got hacked pic.twitter.com/dvHu7jfj3q— yung alfredo 🦊 (@_dimensionless) December 31, 2019
Mariah Carey is the latest celebrity to suffer a social media hack, as fans noticed the singer’s Twitter account spewing racial slurs on New Year’s Eve.
For nearly half an hour, Carey’s account posted several unexplained links, along with slurs — including the n-word — and references to her ongoing feud with Eminem.
Once hackers lost control of the account, the tweets were deleted, leaving Carey’s 21 million followers scratching their heads.