Researchers at Canada's Concordia University tested three- and five-year-olds as they engaged in Zoom meetings featuring a video of a young woman and a small humanoid robot, which would respectively label objects incorrectly and correctly.
When presented with unfamiliar items that the robot and woman identified using different nonsense terms, the five-year-olds tended to accept the terms used by the robot.
Replacing the humanoid robot with a small truck-shaped robot elicited similar results.
"We can see that by age five, children are choosing to learn from a competent teacher over someone who is more familiar to them—even if the competent teacher is a robot," said Concordia's Anna-Elisabeth Baumann.
From Concordia University (Canada)
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