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The Future of Robot Nannies

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Mixed media image shows a child being taken care of by a robot nanny.

Our goal must be that AI empowers not only the adults who love children, but the children themselves.

Credit: Sam Whitney | Getty Images

Robots, corporations, and other legal or non-legal entities do not possess the instinctual nature of humans to care for the young—even if our anthropomorphic tendencies may prompt some children and adults to overlook this fact.

As a result, it is important to take into account the likelihood of deception—both commercial deception through advertising and also self-deception on the part of parents—despite the fact that robots are unlikely to cause significant psychological damage to children and to others who may come to love them.

From Wired
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