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ROBOTS WERE ONCE RELEGATED to roles that were “dirty, dull, or dangerous,”3 such as welding parts on car assembly lines, but today, they occupy more visible spaces in our workplaces, homes, and public areas. This visibility has provoked questions frequently seen in media inciting moral panic: Will robots cause job loss? Will robots become sentient? In The New Breed: What our History with Animals Reveals About our Future with Robots (“The New Breed”), Kate Darling explains that these fears are misplaced and that our tendency to anthropomorphize robots fosters false determinism. Darling imagines a different kind of agency, drawing on our historical relationships with animals, to shape future thinking about robotic technology. Reflecting on robots as a new breed or strain allows us to envision them as ontological interpolations rather than human-replacements.

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