Foad Hamidi, Melanie Baljko
In her seminal book Alone Together, Sherry Turkle draws a sobering picture of the confusion and stress that many young children expressed when interacting with autonomous robot pets, such as AIBO and Furby . These robots are specifically designed to be taken care of by children and to simulate a range of emotions in response to human input, including pleasure, affection, and distress when neglected. Using results from several years of observational studies, Turkle warns about the emotional attachments that children form in response to the robots' simulated signs of caring and love, even though these signs do not…
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