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Do Robots Have a Race?

Despite their mechanical nature, people seem to impose racial identities on robots. That’s a problem.

Two robots looking at each other shaking hands
Lighter-colored robots often pass as white or Asian, while darker ones pass as Black or Latin. Image by author

DoDo a Google image search for “robot” and you’ll find predominantly white or metallic apparati. It’s no different in movies, whether you’re checking out Blade Runner, Star Wars, The Terminator, or good old Metropolis. Almost all robots from movies are white…

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