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Twitter users are freaking out about the potential rise of killer sex robots

Now, more than ever we have reason to be afraid of the future. Living in a world of rapid technological advancement means that it's increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest iteration of the iPhone, let alone the development of more innovative and potentially life-changing advancements.

As such, us ordinary citizens remain very out of the loop with the direction in which everything is heading. Certainly, while we're more than okay for scientists to develop flying cars and hover-boards, a la Back to the Future, we're decidedly more vary when it comes to artificial intelligence.

I mean, just take a look at the science fiction genre over the past decade and you'll discover that one of its central preoccupations has been the dangers of creating such robotics. Films such as iRobot and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence read as cautionary tales, warning us of the costs of reaching too far as such pursuits could potentially lead to our ruin.

And now it appears that our fears are justified as The New York Post has just announced that hackers may someday be able to reprogram sex robots and use them for murder...

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Cybersecurity lecturer at Deakin University in Australia, Dr. Nick Patterson told the Star Online that sex robots are much easier to hack than computers or phones. "Hackers can hack into a robot or a robotic device and have full control of the connections, arms, legs and other attached tools like knives or welding devices," he said.

Dr. Patterson added that once the robot has been "breached", the hacker has complete control over it. Creepy, right?

"Often these robots can be upwards of 200 pounds, and very strong. Once a robot is hacked, the hacker has full control and can issue instructions to the robot.

"The last thing you want is for a hacker to have control over one of these robots! Once hacked they could absolutely be used to perform physical actions for an advantageous scenario or to cause damage."

Twitter, of course, had quite the reaction to the news. While many pointed towards the impending apocalypse, others asserted that it would make for a great movie. Indeed, one Twitter user wrote:

"So for my birthday this year I'd like the movie rights to this article", while another sarcastically added, "lucky for me my fetish is being murdered by a sex robot".

One Twitter user, however, was on all of our wavelengths when he asserted that sex doll manufactures really don't need to make the dolls look that realistic...

Dr. Patterson also made a rather worrying prediction that in the near future we will see robots replacing human workers and successfully mimicking human characteristics.

He did however note that robots can only be hacked when connected to an interface. "Robots need an operating system to operate just like our phones, tablets and laptops," he said.

“As we have seen, it’s popular to have everything connected to the internet these days – phones, fridges, surveillance cameras, smart homes… robots are no different.”

It appears that the future is nigh, ladies and gentlemen.