Privacy, Security, and Encryption - Part 2
Reboot The Toilet
Hello and welcome to Terrifying Robot Dog! I'm Jonathan Stark - and I'm Kelli Shaver - and we are here to talk about how technology is changing the way we interact with the world.
Part 2 in our series on privacy, security, and encryption.
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Regarding physical safety:
It's easy to imagine use cases for connecting a kitchen stove to the internet (e.g., pre-heat the oven to 450º as you leave the office so you can pop a frozen dinner in as soon as you get home).
Now, what if a hacker turns on my stove top while my wooden cutting board happens to be sitting on it? The house prolly burns down.
Or imagine a hack that extinguishes the pilot light for several hours and then sparks the stove top - BOOM
Even just arriving home to a cacophony of running appliances and utilities would be pretty upsetting:
- Vacuum cleaner running
- Blender running
- Coffee grinder running
- Garbage disposal running
- Washer running
- Dryer running
- Dishwasher running
- All sinks, tubs, garden hoses running water full blast
- Toilets flushing endlessly
- Boiler clanging away because thermostat is maxed
- A/C maxed
- Fans blowing
- Space heaters maxed
Add to that everything that has a bell, beep, or buzzer, and you've got a pretty jarring night on your hands:
- TVs turned on full volume
- Radios turned on full volume
- Doorbell ringing constantly
- Smoke detectors going off constantly
- Alarm clocks going off constantly
- Microwave oven (constant "done" beep)
- Toaster oven (constant "done" beep)
- Stove timer (constant "done" beep)
- Stove (constant "up to temp" beep)
- Dryer (constant "done" beep)
- Washing machine (constant "done" beep)
- Dishwasher (constant "done" beep)
- Refrigerator (constant "door ajar" beep)
I can't even think about what would happen if a hacker could activate the sound modules on all my kids' toys simultaneously
(This is prolly a 100 years out, but... all bets are off once there's a humanoid robot in the home. If a hacker gains control of a "C3P0" in your kitchen, the possibilities for mayhem would be virtually limitless.)
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