Cat (flap) burglars: the bots that can slip in through locked ...

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Cat (flap) burglars: the bots that can slip in through locked doors

Criminals can now use AI to get into homes, but the technology has even more sinister applications

Martin Evans

For many homeowners the traditional way to protect against burglars has been to ensure doors and windows are locked and perhaps leave a light on. But such gestures might prove futile in years to come after scientists warned that the next generation of home invaders could be robots that are programmed to gain entry through cat flaps or letter boxes.

Using artificial intelligence, small autonomous robots are being developed that could breach traditional security safeguards. Delivered through small openings such as cat flaps, they could then scan your home to retrieve keys that could then allow a human burglar to enter.

Alternatively, scientists believe more advanced machines could use AI to search a property themselves for valuables, or cash, using cameras to scan and assess different rooms...

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