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My daughter is a child of the future—conceived by artificial insemination with the help of an app

The robots are coming, but at least the kids will be prepared

Parenting experts speak of "robot-proofing" children. Illustration: Kate Hazell

Ensconced in my daughter’s menagerie of stuffed animals and dolls is a small wooden robot. His blocky limbs are elasticated, giving him taunting flexibility. He can do the splits and even swivel his head an owlish 360 degrees. He’s made in China, naturally, and I’m fairly certain that his blue and yellow livery is entirely toxic. But that’s not why he keeps me awake at night.

He is a robot, the friendly face of a future that is hurtling…

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