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U.K. Government Issues Robot Evolution Warning

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U.K. Government Issues Robot Evolution Warning

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U.K. Government Issues Robot Evolution Warning

U.K. Government Issues Robot Evolution Warning

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The British government is raising a concern that, until now, was mostly left to science fiction. The warning comes from the U.K. Office of Science and Innovation. And it concerns robots. The office says that robots could someday reproduce. And think for themselves. And demand their independence. The British government says this could happen by mid-century. Within the lifespan of many people alive today, robots could be asking for civil rights.

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The British government is raising a concern that, until now, was mostly left to science fiction. The warning comes from the U.K. Office of Science and Innovation and it concerns robots. The office says robots could someday reproduce and think for themselves, and demand their independence. The British government says this could happen by mid-century. Within the lifespan of many people alive today, robots could be asking for civil rights.

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