If you want your preschooler to grow up with a healthy attitude toward artificial intelligence, here’s a tip: Don’t call that cute talking robot “he” or “she.”
Call the robot “it.”
Today’s small children, aka Generation Alpha, are the first to grow up with robots as peers. Those winsome talking devices spawned by a booming education-tech industry can speed children’s learning, but they also can be confusing to them, research shows. Many children think robots are smarter than humans or imbue them with magical powers.
Interesting take on our relationship with machines, although I’m pretty sure that Toy Story and Big Hero 6 are going to have a bigger effect on how children treat machines.