STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.
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.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.