Should You Get an AI Nanny for Your Child? - Facts So Romantic

Should You Get an AI Nanny for Your Child? - Facts So Romantic

Mattel’s AI nanny, called Aristotle, recently gained the notorious distinction of being subject to a bipartisan protest in the US Congress. Plus, there was a petition against it with over 15,000 signatures. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which organized the petition, argued that Aristotle is a consumerist ploy. It “attempts to replace the care, judgment and companionship of loving family members with faux nurturing and conversation from a robot designed to sell products and build brand loyalty.”

Canning Aristotle has at least one unfortunate consequence: We close off one channel of learning how kids grow up interacting with an AI as it becomes increasingly integrated in both schools and homes.Mattel / YouTube

Aristotle, designed to interact with kids, was based on the same technologies as virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa. It could teach lessons, and calm them. The Guardian suggested that it might “reinforce good manners in kids, and even help kids learn a foreign language.” But it could also watch and listen to them. Aristotle’s Bluetooth camera, embedded in a cylindrical speaker-body, was poised to gaze unblinkingly in novel territory: a child’s bedroom. The company eventually conceded that Aristotle “did not fully align with…
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