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Wi-Fi Security Robots?

michael posted about 10 years ago | from the ed-209 dept.

Robotics 107

John Hering writes "It was bound to happen.... Security Robots that are "Wi-Fi" enabled and capable of enterprise-grade tasks. Details have emerged about a robotics platform that combines cutting edge security and wireless technologies and is capable of integration with buildings' central heating and cooling systems, security systems, air quality controls, wi-fi networks, and even lighting and power systems to provide valuable building services and emergency back-up. It can even greet guests, guide them to their destinations or lead building tours! Similar projects in the past have pushed these robotics technologies forward and spawned numerous new projects , especially amongst the linux community."

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security? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896115)

Has anybody thought about the security flaws/exploits that would obviously be a problem with such a device? Im not so sure Id want such an extensive robot so open to potential attacks/interference.

Re:security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896196)

Im not so sure Id want such an extensive robot so open to potential attacks/interference.

Why the hell not... that plot worked in Runaway [amazon.com]

Re:security? (3, Insightful)

KrisHolland (660643) | about 10 years ago | (#8896291)

"Im not so sure Id want such an extensive robot so open to potential attacks/interference."

You mean you would much rather have a human security guard that can be blackmailed, bribed and bought off.

Re:security? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 10 years ago | (#8896487)

PatrolBot systems have been used at companies including Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer Global Research and Victoria's Secret.

Exploits? Sweet!

fasa posta (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896116)

This is the first signs of Robotic life //simpsons

Lets hope that (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896122)

Its secure enough to not let this happen:

Some one hacks one of these things and it opens the front door for them.

Re:Lets hope that (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896148)

Forget doors, I'm worried that someone will get the idea of giving these things laser rapiers...

Re:Lets hope that (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896249)

Hacker to wireless bot: I am your Father!!

Re:Lets hope that (3, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | about 10 years ago | (#8896179)

Some one hacks one of these things and it opens the front door for them.


Worse - someone hacks into one of these things and has access to your entire network.

Now *that* would be some security breach.

Re:Lets hope that (4, Insightful)

GregAndreou (732856) | about 10 years ago | (#8896354)

As opposed to someone that hacks into your network and has access to your entire network?

Re:Lets hope that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8897073)

In my experience, network hosts don't go walking around outside...

Re:Lets hope that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896236)

of course! they can use the latest and greatest windows 2003 server, fully patched, its great!

no security problems whatsoever!

Re:Lets hope that (1)

Dogers (446369) | about 10 years ago | (#8896240)

They just need to add a few features, like AI, face/voice recognition, etc :)

I can see it now, 2007 a company unveils their new building and internet security system, Sky.Net!

Who cares... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896128)

It's 5am, hardly anyone gives a shit.

Re:Who cares... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896175)

i'm curious, wtf are you doing on slashdot @ 5am? At work? Insomnia?

Excellent!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896133)

It can even greet guests, guide them to their destinations or lead building tours!
Not to mention, it can even serve as an unknowing relay while I download copious amounts of pr0n, send out a spam run or two, and do my own "tour" of the building and its computers! Thank you, Johnny Wi-5!

Re:Excellent!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896173)

MY COCK IS HARD FOR YOU!

THANKS, MY FELLOW GAY NIGGER! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896205)

Your membership in GNAA is well deserved!! With your attitude and dedication, you could become Grand Wizzard one day!!

buzzwords (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896135)


when people have to mention "oh but its got wifi" you just know their product is probably rubbish and so are bolstering it by mentioning buzzwords instead of selling it on its primary function merits

they should mention for bonus points, quantum computing, nanotechnology, * recognition, hyperthreading and a possible cure for cancer in the future

oh yeah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896136)

first post

What operating system... (5, Interesting)

JessLeah (625838) | about 10 years ago | (#8896138)

...do these security robots run? I just know I'm going to get modded Troll for this, but with all due respect, I wouldn't feel terribily comfortable with a company whose security bots run Windows. I'll feel especially freaked out when the security bots advance to the point where they are actually armed. Can you imagine Windows BSoDing on one of these things, and causing a gun to fire? Gives me the shivers. And I'm sure it's only a matter of time before it happens... (shit, if the Navy can base an entire warship around Windows...)

Re:What operating system... (4, Informative)

metlin (258108) | about 10 years ago | (#8896156)

If you had read the article, you would have realized that they do not carry arms themselves - they merely assist the guards by carrying equipment and the like into dark and unsafe places. They're primarily built to be surveillance robots, that is all!

It's not just the software being Windows or Linux or whatever - its the hardware too. There is a reason NASA had chosen x86 for a lot of its missions - reliability and hardware dependability.

And quite honestly, I find it really unlikely for any of these things to be running anything close to Windows (if they ever wanted, it would be CE, which again is not really a good option). These things would have to be built for realtime apps, coupled with networking capabilitis and the like and would perhaps be happier running something like QNX [qnx.com].

Or ofcourse, customized Linux/*BSD kernels.

And oh, Naval ships do run Windows within the ship - perhaps not the control centers, but still, a significant chunk of the (active and on-duty) Navy does use Windows.

Re:What operating system... (3, Informative)

bigdd (716720) | about 10 years ago | (#8896319)

NASA uses the X86 because it is the only CPU that has been hardend to withstand the rigors of space flight(stuff like radiation).

Navy ships do use Windows, but not for any "Mission Critical" systems. Unix is used for all the sensory input type stuff. By law ships are only allowed to use computers as "navigation aids." Computers cannot be used as the primary means of navigation. On a navy ship the Quartermasters still get out their Sextants and "Shoot Stars" and other hevenly bodies every night to check the ships position against what the computers/GPS are telling them.

Re:What operating system... (2, Interesting)

subtropolis (748348) | about 10 years ago | (#8897089)

they merely assist the guards by carrying equipment and the like into dark and unsafe places. They're primarily built to be surveillance robots, that is all!

Yeah sure, for a while. But human nature...

guard 1: Johnny-5 just came back from the ventilation system; says a M4d gang of h4xx0r5 have penetrated into the NOC - and they're armed with some really stoopid hardware.

guard 2: I'm not crawling around in there. Here, give Johhny you're shotgun...

Re:What operating system... (1)

GileadGreene (539584) | about 10 years ago | (#8897721)

There is a reason NASA had chosen x86 for a lot of its missions - reliability and hardware dependability.

Except that NASA doesn't use the x86 for its "reliability and dependability". Most NASA mission up until the early 90's used some variation of the MIL-STD 1750 rad-hardened processor (for its reliability and dependability). The early 90's saw the advent of faster, better, cheaper, and a bunch of the Small Explorer (SMEX) missions, such as TRACE, WIRE, and FUSE, used x86 processors. But I suspect that was more due to cost than anything else.

Pretty much all of the more recent NASA missions (Deep Space 1, Mars Pathfinder, SIRTF, Mars Exploration Rover) use the RAD6000 processor, which is a rad-hardened version of one of the RS/6000 family of processors (progenitors of the PowerPC). Even the next-generation SMEX bus, SMEX-Lite, uses a RAD6000. Future missions that are being planned right now are mostly all baselining RAD750 processors, which are rad-hardened PowerPC 750's. There is a rad-hardened Pentium out there (developed by Sandia National Labs) but I haven't heard of anyone actually using it for a flight project.

Re:What operating system... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896160)

To be truely secure it should probably run an embedded OS on a nonwriteable medium.

Re:What operating system... (4, Funny)

Hortensia Patel (101296) | about 10 years ago | (#8896188)


I just know I'm going to get modded Troll for this


Yes, because dissing Windows on Slashdot is really sticking your head into the lion's mouth. You wild, untameable, devil-may-care, free-speaking rebel, you.

What operating system... (1)

PacoTaco (577292) | about 10 years ago | (#8896220)

...do these security robots run? I just know I'm going to get modded Troll for this, but with all due respect, I wouldn't feel terribily comfortable with a company whose security bots run OS/2. I'll feel especially freaked out when the security bots advance to the point where they are actually armed. Can you imagine OS/2's poor drivers acting up on one of these things, and causing a gun to fire? Gives me the shivers. And I'm sure it's only a matter of time before it happens... (shit, if banks can base entire ATM networks around OS/2...)

Scenario from Family Guy: (1)

stfvon007 (632997) | about 10 years ago | (#8897176)

Robot: PRESENT HALL PASS
Little girl: Right here *shows hall pass*
Robot: SECOND REQUEST PRESENT HALL PASS
Little girl: uhhh Right here... *shows hall pass again*
Robot: SECURITY BREACH! SECURITY BREACH! *ZAP ZAP ZAP*

-Family Guy

Re:What operating system... (1)

azaris (699901) | about 10 years ago | (#8896296)

Can you imagine Windows BSoDing on one of these things, and causing a gun to fire?

"Command link severed. Default setting: Crush, Kill, Destroy."

iRobot and Raytheon (2, Informative)

zogger (617870) | about 10 years ago | (#8896585)

--already being developed, the fighting armed robot. They are starting with just surveillance and whatnot, but quickly got to the point in the article and through the hemming and hawing they dropped Raytheon's name, which is a good indicator to me of an example of a "extreme violence is highly profitable" corporation.

Here's the link to the Wired article about it [wired.com]

I think it's a valid concern, because you know they will keep developing these things all the way, I have expected it.

There's already enough trouble dealing with human guards and police in the civilian sector if they get incensed or follow illegal orders and go mad dog on you. In strict military terms it's alwas been thus because the objective is to "kill the other guys" basically and any accidents are classed off as "collateral damage". We barely have any sort of reasonable expectation anymore of arguing a differing point of view in the civilian world, exploring what might be a mistake in intent or circumstances, before getting maced, beat or shot, but not with a robot, you won't get that. Binary. Won't really matter which OS it's running because even when it's running "well" it will still be dumb as a rock, they aren't even close to having the intelligence a good guard dog has, let alone a human. But, they are well past "close enough" to make them mobile and armed, a pretty dangerous situation, IMO. They won't wait for AI to equal just the mundane functionality, not when "collateral damage is almost always acceptable" is their over all mindset on achieving objectives. These sorts of robots won't be able to do the critical reasoning necessary to be effective in all cases, and you can bet that there will be a lot of cases of "collateral damage" with them once they are armed and programmed for aggression.

In the military it's a no brainer for them,of course, it's just a smart tank sort of logical progression, various sizes. And predator is getting closer to the concept on the aerial platform, and cruise missiles I think could be classed as almost fully robotic in nature, and are in widespread use now, as are all the other complex "fire and forget" type munitions.

Re:What operating system... (1)

MrNonchalant (767683) | about 10 years ago | (#8896671)

Why would a BSoD mean it fires weaponry? More likely it BSoDs and nobody notices until somebody really needs it. Not to mention XP hardly ever BSoDs anymore (as in next to never).

But yeah, equiping them with semi-autos and using them as corporate security is the logical next step. Security is part of your payroll that only proves useful about 2 days out of every year and does tedious, boring (read: sitting or pacing) work the rest of the year. Exactly the kind of work robots are best suited for. Never sleep, one time investment, never get careless, harder to kill, integrated fully with the alarm system.

I'm using one of these Wireless Robots (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896139)

to write this on Slashdot [slashdot.com], and I'm having no pro

I'm following a guy to the basement (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896152)

to try out some of his Amontillado and I'm having no pro

Hmmm (3, Funny)

crawdaddy (344241) | about 10 years ago | (#8896146)

A walking, talking robot? Is his name Johnny-5?

No, it's name is Ed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8898685)


A walking, talking, Wi-Fi, SECURITY robot.

ED 209

"You have 30 seconds to comply...."

Rat Thing (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | about 10 years ago | (#8896153)

So when will I be able to buy my own Rat Thing, and will it actually be able to neutralize an intruder?

Re:Rat Thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896226)

Sure, they can neutralize an intruder. By following him around, getting underfoot, and getting tangled in his clothing.

Well! What's new? (5, Interesting)

PhrozenF (205108) | about 10 years ago | (#8896155)

I hope you all have seen Sony's QRIO ROBOT. It's that humanoid robot. More like an AIBO in the human form.

Can do all that the AIBO can, and can do it all a lot better cause it can carry a lot more equipment. It has Wi-Fi, and a customizable software that lets you control all cameras / motion / etc. It can be used as an autonomous creature, or be remote controlled.

A customized version could easily do security robot tasks.

Read more about it here [techtree.com].

Re:Well! What's new? (1)

metlin (258108) | about 10 years ago | (#8896168)

Ofcourse, all that is true if you forget the important part of the text that says -

Availability: Long time to go
Price: N/A


A commercially unavailable robot is not much use for my security plans now, is it? :)

Privacy concerns? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896169)

It'll be good to avoid some of the dross, but could we hold off on quality-post ratio (QPR)? I'm actually a season ticket holder at Queens Park Rangers (Loftus Road, London W12) who also subscibes to their mailing list and I doubt I'd be able to keep it all straight.

Luton Town home this Saturday - Up the R's!!

(oops, it's Slashdot...)

Thnaks for the hard work. The site is a treat.

-- Vincent

Reality check in aisle four, please! (4, Insightful)

igrp (732252) | about 10 years ago | (#8896180)

Cute? Check.
Futuristic-looking? Check.
Create enough hype to get VC, DARPA and NIH funding? Check.

In reality though, these are a far cry from being practical, cost-effective replacements for human security or maintenance personell. Well, maybe HP R&D does use them but that's about it as far as practical applications go (at least at this point). It just doesn't make sense to employ these outside of a tradeshow or R&D environment from a business point of view.

What happens, for instance, if an intruder does decide to jam the WiFi network (not really that hard to do)? Do the robots have the AI required to perform their scheduled tasks autonomously? Or will they require human supervision and internvetion (in that case, they aren't really anything more than cool, mobile surveillance cameras).

I'm sorry but I just don't see any practical applications (aside from, maybe, logistics) for these robots at this point.

Re:Reality check in aisle four, please! (3, Interesting)

TheTreeFrog (721638) | about 10 years ago | (#8896403)

What happens, for instance, if an intruder does decide to jam the WiFi network (not really that hard to do)?

That in itself tells you something. If you're wireless networks being jammed, somethings wrong.

Don't think human replacement, think human augmentation. One human security guard from a safe central terminal can monitor a bunch of automated surveillance drones. The drones can be in multiple places at once, carry thermal imaging cameras, fit in small places, etc, etc. The guard functions as the control for the cluster, if any of the drones hit something suspicious they flag the guard who can take a look for himself.

Pretty neat actually, it would allow one guard to cover a lot more physical territory at once, and 'go' places that might be dangerous in an industrial environment.

You're using the wrong paradigm. Don't think human replacement with robots, think cyborg humans only with the hardware mounted externally, and with some simple AI to cut down on the need for direct attention. After all, we are basically using computers right now as artificial memory/intelligence augmentation by using them to do things the human brain isn't well set up to do. Now we can do some simple physical augmentation as well. Pretty cool really.

Re:Reality check in aisle four, please! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8897604)

Pretty neat actually, it would allow one guard to cover a lot more physical territory at once, and 'go' places that might be dangerous in an industrial environment.

Neat doesn't pay the bills.

I'm betting that for the cost of one of these puppies, you could install a *lot* of passive sensors and video cameras.

The big problem with humans watching a bank of consoles is the sheer boredom factor. Putting the sensors on a mobile platform really does nothing to alleviate that issue.

Good timing... (3, Interesting)

danielrm26 (567852) | about 10 years ago | (#8896182)

Kind of ironic that Assimov's "I,Robot" trailer just hit theaters this weekend. Anyone who hasn't, by the way, needs to read Bill Joy's "Why The Future Doesn't Need Us."

Re:Good timing... (1)

Captain Nitpick (16515) | about 10 years ago | (#8898319)

Kind of ironic that Assimov's "I,Robot" trailer just hit theaters this weekend.

"It's not ironic, it's just coincidental." -- Bender

The Fools!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896184)

Didn't they ever rent any cheesy videos when they were growing up?

Chopping Mall [imdb.com]

Not particularly breaking news ... (3, Informative)

foobsr (693224) | about 10 years ago | (#8896192)

... there is a company here (de) which has a product out since ~2001.

See ... [robowatch.de](with product videos).

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Uh oh.. (2, Funny)

poohsuntzu (753886) | about 10 years ago | (#8896193)

security systems, air quality controls, I can see it now.. someone logs in trying to use an unencrypted signal. HAL: "What are you doing Dave? How do you feel?" Moron: -gasping for breath-

"enterprise-grade tasks" (3, Funny)

UrGeek (577204) | about 10 years ago | (#8896200)

"enterprise-grade tasks" Would that be NCC-1701/A/B/C or D? What a load of marketing crapspeak.

Re:"enterprise-grade tasks" (2, Funny)

isorox (205688) | about 10 years ago | (#8896819)

Would that be NCC-1701/A/B/C or D?

NCC-1701. No Bloody A, No Bloody B, No Bloody C, and No Bloody D

MY Wi-Fi bot... (5, Funny)

Tsunamisan (772301) | about 10 years ago | (#8896206)

The idea was of a micro air vehicle with a CCD camera and an intercom that I could control via the campus Wi-Fi network. I could sit at home in my underwear eating Cheerios and literally "land" my little robot on my desk at the 8AM antenna theory class and "attend" lectures :-)

My biggest concern would be lag that would cause me to lose control and crash into a door or the professor's head. Then again, imagine this: You're happily strolling to class and right as you get to the closed door, this tiny robot aircraft hovering there starts talking to you "Hey, little help with the door, please?"

Awesome :-)

Re:MY Wi-Fi bot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896640)

Nah, a tiny robot aircraft wouldn't suffice. If I'm going to buy something like that, it had better be able to go get me a beer out of the fridge, too.

Extreme lengths (1)

JonnyRo88 (639703) | about 10 years ago | (#8896948)

If anyone wonders why nerds go to such extreme lengths to avoid early classes, they simply have to realize that most nerds work until 3 or 4am on their projects. It's really just a shifted lifecycle.

Now if only engineering schools could be more understanding of their primary audience. BTW, I really like your idea. What would be awesome if there was a built in laser pointer so the "flying bee robot" could point at the white/blackboard while asking questions.

Re:MY Wi-Fi bot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8897507)

I want the sphere from Phantasm. :)

I've seen this design before (1)

Jotham (89116) | about 10 years ago | (#8896210)

Now all I need is a Death Star so I can have these running around the corridors.

Robocop (3, Funny)

ChronoWiz (709439) | about 10 years ago | (#8896212)

"Please put down your weapon! - You have 20 seconds to comply!
You now have 15 seconds to comply!
You now have 5 seconds to comply! 4...3...2...1..."

Social Impact (4, Insightful)

Rui Lopes (599077) | about 10 years ago | (#8896216)

Did anyone thought of the social impacts these "wifi robots" can bring? i mena, here at Portugal this kind of job is usually done by retired men and young people that couldn't find another job. If these robots substitute humans, more unemployed people will appear. Social-unfriendly technology isn't the way to go, IMHO.

Re:Social Impact (1)

Peridriga (308995) | about 10 years ago | (#8897903)

And the car (or taxi) you drive must be stopped because it was made with machines. Imagine how many metalsmiths it putout of business

The house you live it was made from lumber cut by machines. TEAR IT DOWN. Imagine the number of carpenters you put out of business.

Those circuit boards in your computer were created by a machine. DESTROY IT. Pay a retired electrical engineer to fashion you one from scratch..

Those shoes you are wearing were created by a machine. BURN THEM. Go pay a cobbler to make your a pair..

GET THE POINT?

Now go sit back down....

Money does NOT grow on trees, you know! (4, Funny)

malia8888 (646496) | about 10 years ago | (#8896221)

From the article: Once a PatrolBot scans its work areas, it travels automatically to perform tasks: mapping temperatures to improve central heating and cooling efficiency; measuring wi-fi signal strength to improve coverage; enabling security guards to remotely investigate several problems simultaneously, and carrying light, emergency supplies or other equipment into an unsafe or dark building.

One of these PatrolBots was modeled after my dad. He walks up and down the halls in his blue flannel robe shutting off the lights; turning down the heat; mumbling that the company is NOT made out of money.

How about... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896225)

...a girl robot. It'll be the best p0rm ever. [sic]

(tv commercial)

I can see it now... (5, Funny)

Undefined Parameter (726857) | about 10 years ago | (#8896231)

Dave: Let me out, HAL! I have to get to work!
HAL: I'm sorry, I can't do that, Dave. A fatal exception 0E has occured at 0428:C000A313 in VXD VMM(01) 00009313. The current occupant will be terminated.
Dave: Oh, crap.

~UP

Three laws? (3, Interesting)

HawkinsD (267367) | about 10 years ago | (#8896251)

Yes, but are these units Three Laws [wikipedia.org] safe?

I'm not sure how well Windows XP runs on positronic brains.

Re:Three laws? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8897628)

What makes u think UNIX would do better than XP?
Why would one believe than Win CE with stopped services all services but one ecrypted control protocol are less secure than any Linux-like OS.

In the worst case, once in a while someone could get killed because of some Windows bug, while Linux robots will amputate fingers, break furniture and do lesser evils far more frequently - all because of people who won't patch their software properly or typos in dot-conf files.

Three laws: of course they "don't support" the three laws of robotics. Cars and motorcycles don't either.
Jump in front of a big robot or take it for a walk in rainy weather and you'll get killed.

DRD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896286)

I always wanted one of those robots that combine the coolness of Bender (without the killing me/stealing part) and the small form factor of a Farscape DRD.

Cleanup job, repair functions, companion and all the extra gizmos we get on our mobile ;-)

you mean... (1)

hak1du (761835) | about 10 years ago | (#8896302)

"It was bound to happen.... Security Robots that are "Wi-Fi" enabled and capable of enterprise-grade tasks.

You mean, as seen in video games like HalfLife, DeusEx, Quake, and who knows what else? And probably numerous SciFi movies and TV shows as well...

Re:you mean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8898927)

...And there it was, the Microsoft complex on One Microsoft Way. I quickly grab the scramblergrenade from my inventory which I picked up in the training mission - SCOolblasting - as I seek cover behind the big ugly logo. I throw 2 of them to the security bots and duck again. I hear shooting, that must have been their elite security guard catching some led. Then I sneak my way into the building, placing EMP grenades on key spots. Ye gods, there's a music box sound throughout the whole place! It's so happy it's giving me a headache. Quite clever.
Oh no, a giant spider bot ahead. All it's AI parameters are set to Hate. I try to be very silent as I search for a comm panel. Ah, there it is. I start ICE Breaker and alter it's AI with a very user friendly 'Alter Bot AI' button straight after login.
Oh drats, Bill Gates found my InfoLink frequency... No hiding anymore now. I get out of the airshaft into a toilet, I hear farting, YE GODS ITS STEVE BALLMER. It's absolutely awful. I quickly tranquilize him and go to the corridor. There's a camera but I can bypass that. Then someone sees me and punches the alarm panel. The EMP's are doing their work, most bots are disabled as I run towards the marketing departement. I pick the lock and ye gods, it's like borg drones man... can't describe it better. I quickly try another scramblergrenade but they're still at me! Dammit, they really do keep the security patches for themselves to score better in the vulnerabilities and risktime charts. Then I notice this big power plug in a wallsocket that goes to a big rackcase. I seek shelter, grab a flask and throw it in the opposite direction. They are distracted. I pull the plug real hard and I get it out, getting a burst backwards from the pull. The drone's are offline.
Then I notice these little spider bots from like Minority Report. I simply squished them and ran off to the sales departement where...

Uh oh.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896320)

Someone just used "wireless," "security," and "lighting and power systems" in the same sentence.

I hope theres a list of places that end up using these...so I can avoid them.

Arrrgh I never thought of it like that before.... (1)

NoMercy (105420) | about 10 years ago | (#8896337)

Though our continued progress towards a world where people can move around without any disibility stoping them from doing so, we allow not only these robots to access anywhere, but the Dalics can invade without problem! *goes into a deep paranoid psychosis*

Give Us McNeal! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8896345)

Or we will raise the temperature of your building 1 million degrees for 5 days!

This thing is begging to be hacked.

Oops, I hacked your robot (1)

Beast1979 (768053) | about 10 years ago | (#8896347)

Can you imaginge wardrivers for these robots. Oh look mom, our robot is attacking our dog! Why is it trying to weed from our neighbor again! So where do I buy one?! Come on JOHN HERING! GOCHNAUER - Grant Gochnauer

I ROBOT "CRUSH KILL DESTROY" (1)

asbestos_tophat (720099) | about 10 years ago | (#8896356)

I ROBOT "CRUSH KILL DESTROY",

No one will ever suspect the toaster ;O) ROTL

I guess the engineers gave up trying to make robots that were actually helpful.

Perfect Security + Humans == Perfect Crime

Wi-fi pleasure (1)

madcow15 (512585) | about 10 years ago | (#8896374)

Now I can make the fem-bot that I have always wanted, a Wi-fi pleasure bot, think of the possiblities!!!

jammer (2, Insightful)

tasinet (747465) | about 10 years ago | (#8896525)

It is not only about vulnerabilities and exploiting the robot's software, even simpler things could be a great issue in such cases..

For example, a jammer. Operate a jammer in the 11 wifi bands and you got it isolated.

Simple?

Re:jammer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8897523)

Jam hell! HERF it and be done!

Central control...? (1)

Kithraya (34530) | about 10 years ago | (#8897021)

These robots will continue to provide valuable security services for your enterprise until a small bank of people from a competing company you're about to crush manage to destroy your droid control ship, right?

Wi-Fi Robots Need Cognitive Architecture (1)

Mentifex (187202) | about 10 years ago | (#8897174)

AITree Cognitive Architecture -- AI Has Been Solved for Wi-Fi Robots
The mind-modules below are ordered in such a way that you may comprehend the internal structure of the AI4U [isbn.nu] Mind-1.1 [sourceforge.net] software at a glance. Notice for instance how many subroutines are nested beneath the Sensorium module. You may click on any mind-module listed here to read its documentation and to inspect its source code in Forth or JavaScript. This primitive AI-has-been-solved implementation is an invitation for you to build upon the current cognitive architecture by enlarging it or by specializing in your own favorite mind-module.

I inserted the "aitree" indented list of mind-modules into the "mind4th.html" webpages at both SourceForge [sourceforge.net] and Virtualentity [virtualentity.com]. Previously there was only a hideous, vertical listing of the mind-modules, with no rhyme or reason. Now Netizens who inspect the Mind.Forth [acm.org] code need only look towards the bottom of the same page to examine the internal structure of the software. Composing the MindForth Wiki page with aitree links took me about an hour of work. I did it all on-line by using the "Preview" button to watch the article take shape as I worked. Then I saved the underlying Wiki text as a textfile on diskette, so that I may easily add a Mind-1.1 [sourceforge.net] aitree article to almost any Wiki on the Web.
I believe that Netizens who view the Mind-1.1 "aitree" may feel challenged either to change the basic AI design or to work on their own favorite mind-module. Thus the "aitree" fills a major missing niche in my whole Mentifex AI project. I also suspect that curious intellectuals will quickly zero in on the particular mind-modules that they do not intuitively understand. They will brush aside the obvious mind-modules and want to know what is going on in the weird ones.
Now I want to spread the "aitree" far and wide across the Web.

just call me jc denton (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8897676)

now we just need multitools to bypass these 'bots.

where are my biomods!

Lights OFF (2, Funny)

The Tweaker (712486) | about 10 years ago | (#8897762)

Maybe we could get one of these things to keep the light on in the restroom at work. Stupid think turns off after 5 minutes!
More than once I've been sitting there and the light goes off! Behind the stall door stuck in the dark what a 'bummer' LOL! Nothing like being in total darkness with your pants down!

No job is finished until the 'paper work' is done!

These are fairly easy to get rid of (1)

Rouven (515895) | about 10 years ago | (#8897996)

You beat them with the wrench a couple of times and they break, usually dropping a battery which you can use for your flashlight or stun gun.
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