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Technology that hacks into a meal ordering system before tampering with the food could become a weapon of a Cold War future, says top computer science professor
RUSSIA could use robots to poison food for “untraceable” assassinations of state exiles, an expert has warned.
Computer science professor Dr Jeremy Straub said technology that hacks into a meal-ordering system before tampering with the food could become a weapon of a “Cold War future”.
The Kremlin and Britain are locked in a vicious stand-off after the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy with a nerve gas.
Prime Minister Theresa May has pointed the finger of blame at Putin’s Russia for the attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33.
And future attacks on Russian exiles could be untraceable because of artificial intelligence, Dr Straub told the Daily Star Online.
He said: “Certainly when you think about a robot, that (assassinating a target) would be something that a robot certainly could do.
“But I think you’d see something far more subtle to the kind of approach that a human might use, where an AI might order something with an incorrect component.
“For example, if it knew somebody had an allergy, perhaps it would get them some food with an allergy where it appears to be a kind of benign mistake, where in actuality it might be intentional.
“That would be my guess as to the tactic taking place.In the US when you go into McDonald’s there are these kiosks, where you can order food.
Dr Straub said he believes Russia is heading towards a new Cold War, led by its use of AI.
He explained: “Based upon what Putin has said it seems like that would be a strategy that Russia would use to the extent that they have the technology available.
“Really the question there is what technologies does Russia have, ready at that time?
“They are talking about developing it, but it’s unclear if they have that stuff on the shelf.
“I think certainly if they were to enter a Cold War, and fighting, they would use the technologies at their disposal and AI would certainly be a very strong technology for them to use.”