Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other

Robot’s as Friends and Care Givers

  • Sherry talks to children about robots as care givers for aging grandparents and as friends. Many are jealous that a grandparent might need their attention less if they were busy interacting with a robot that could do more for them than they could. As for baby sitters, children with incompetent or boring baby sitters are more interested in robots. Robots can be trusted to follow their programming while relationships with people are more risky. Research with My Real Baby robot shows some feel that loving a robot baby makes a child feel more loved. To treat these robots as toys is to miss the point and even children know it.
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