Why These Friendly Robots Can’t be Good Friends to our Kids

From the BostInno Beat newsletter:

Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor of social studies, wrote a piece for The Washington Post about why she has concerns about the impact friendly robots like Jibo, which is made by the Boston startup of the same name, could have on children. Turkle is uniquely qualified to talk on this subject, based on the research with social robots and children she conducted with Jibo founder Cynthia Breazeal in 2001: “The children took the robots’ behavior to signify feelings. When the robots interacted with them, the children took this as evidence that the robots liked them. And when the robots didn’t work on cue, the children likewise took it personally. Their relationships with the robots affected their state of mind and self-esteem.”

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