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Who Killed the Robot Dog?


Depiction of a robotic dog.

A major reason the robot dog has become so terrifying in popular culture is because we have learned that AIs can threaten our autonomy, privacy, and relationships.

Credit: Getty Images

The robot dog as it once was—a symbol of a fun, high-tech future full of incredible, social, artificial life—is dead.

The robot dog is now just a reflection of our political dysfunctions. It is for our dirty jobs, whether it be dismantling a bomb or corralling protesters.

From Wired
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