Reviews

  • Well-researched, well-developed, and well-written, Darling's innovative proposal - to use our history of human-animal interactions as a blueprint for the future of human-robot interactions - is a must read for anyone interested in the emerging ethics of robotics. The New Breed raises serious questions and provides some intriguing answers

    Irene M. Pepperberg
  • In this extraordinary and wide-ranging book, Kate Darling fundamentally reframes how we should understand these new forces within our life. From their effect upon the nature of work, to their critical role in the emotional life of many, robots will matter much as animals have mattered

    Lawrence Lessig
  • Inspired by how humans have partnered with animals throughout history, Darling, a robot nerd who calls her toddler 'Babybot', explores the fascinating emotional connection we have with our robots and makes a compelling case for a bright future where robots are our collaborators and companions

    Rana el Kaliouby
  • A riveting and engaging book, full of wit and wisdom. It goes beyond the tired tropes of utopia and dystopia, and presents a nuanced and smart take on our relationships to robots

    Bruce Schneier
  • Endless ink has been spilled on AI and our robot future. Just when it seems there's nothing left to be said, along comes Kate Darling's book. For the first time, it seems we're having the conversation we ought to be having.

    Tim O’Reilly
  • Darling has interesting insights and marshals her arguments well. . . she makes a strong case that we should look to animals for an idea of how our relationship with robots will unfold

    James Bloodworth, The Times

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