Robots and Computers Will Commit More Crime Than Humans By 2040, Expert Warns

Written by on September 16, 2016 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 9 Comments


By Jessica Duncan | Daily Mail

RoboCop, Chappie, the Terminator movies and i,Robot – there have been many films where we have been encouraged to respect, love but also fear robots – and I for one can say I will never be trusting them!

And apparently I am right not to after researchers have found robots could be the offenders committing most crimes by 2040.

Tracey Follows from The Future Laboratory, which helps businesses plan for the future through its research and consultancy experts, has been looking at the issues after more and more robots could be used in industries replacing humans on jobs.

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Ms Follows, chief strategy and innovation officer at, speaking to the Times Raconteur: ‘Futurists have been forecasting a sharp rise in lone-wolf terror attacks for years. But once robots can be hacked to become suicide-bombing machines, lone-robot attacks could become rife too.’

Ms Follows, whose work in telecoms, technology, retail and media and has helped to shape the future strategies of brands such as T-Mobile, BT, O2, easyJet and John Lewis, also added that artificial intelligence and machine-learning could enable robots to self-programme criminal activity.

‘My forecast would be that by 2040 more crime will be committed by machines than by humans,’ she commented.

Experts have been warning that as more and more robots replace humans in jobs the future could see problems when their programs are hacked or they go rogue

Experts have been warning that as more and more robots replace humans in jobs the future could see problems when their programs are hacked or they go rogue

But it’s not just robots experts are worrying about, rogue driverless cars and drones could also be a problem if they are able to be hacked or re-programed.

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Raj Samani, chief technology officer, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), at Intel Security, works with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Europol European Cybercrime Centre as an adviser.

Speaking to the technology publisher he said: ‘It’s only a matter of time before we see instances of people left helpless, unable to drive their cars unless they pay up a ransom.’


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  1. Alex Ensor Alex Ensor says:

    then that is not the machine committing the crime but a person using the machine to do so. If a person hacks your computer or sends you a fraudulent email from another device to you blame to computer or the person?

  2. Steven DCruz Steven DCruz says:

    archaic twats scared of change and the future

  3. newsflash, we will be the robots….

  4. Newsflash is right we are the testies being poked an prodded to build a system that they can control and learn to track an slowly evovle their tech until they have a tested a proven way to stop hackers

  5. It’s not a matter of “if”, me dumb-dumbs. I can make exactly ONE prediction that I know is now, and will forever be true: THERE ARE NO UNHACKABLE SYSTEMS.

  6. people are always the ones who commit the crimes, just the means are different

  7. bullometer is reaching maximum load

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