Weird Politics


From Morning Edition

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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Yesterday, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine pardoned Virginia’s only convicted witch.  Yes, 300 years ago, Grace Sherwood was accused of witchery.  She was thrown into the Lynnhaven River with her thumbs tied to her feet..and she floated.  She served seven years in jail before she was released and now, thanks to the Governor, she’s been pardoned. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/11/AR2006071101218.html