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Briefly Noted: Robot’s Pet (fiction)

This short book of speculative poetry imagining an ambiguously dystopian future where humans are kept as pets by robots. Removed from the drudgery of survival, humanity thrives under the new arrangement.

Robot’s Pet – In this short book of speculative poetry, the anonymous Lithuanian poet combines her childhood experience of living under authoritarian rule with our current anxieties surrounding job automation by imagining an ambiguously dystopian future where humans are kept as pets by robots. Removed from the drudgery of survival, humanity thrives under the new arrangement. When the nameless poet sings out, “What new worlds have I discovered now that I no longer worry about healthcare!” We want to be there too.