Emerging Tech

This Robot Army Is Obsessed With Random Acts of Kindness

lattesmile/Shutterstock.com

Cylons will shoot you with implanted machine guns. A Terminator T-1000 might spear you through the brain with a molten fist. Being the big, lumbering robots they are, a Decepticon will probably run you down like a bulldozer operator sucking on a fifth of Old Grand-Dad.

So what's the lethal tactics of Toronto's "Lovebots"? That's unknown, but my money's on them glomming onto people in a massive cuddle-party until there's no reflexive muscle twitches left.

But of course that would never happen, unless some hacker messed with their programming. The standard-issue Lovebot – short for Love Robot and not to be confused with the Japanesecomfort model – is a chunky, child-sized being that looks as threatening as WALL-E. Emblazoned on each robot's chest is a little colored heart, symbolizing its mission to spread affection and good vibes throughout Toronto. And there should be plenty of love to go around in the city during the coming weeks, as the artist responsible for these cutesy objects has only deployed about 30 in a planned invasion of 100 robots.

Read more at The Atlantic Cities

(Image via lattesmile/Shutterstock.com)

Threatwatch Alert

Credential-stealing malware / Cyber espionage / Network intrusion / User accounts compromised

Ring of Cyber-Peepers Brought Down

See threatwatch report

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
// November 26
X CLOSE Don't show again

Like us on Facebook