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When AI Becomes Child's Play


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When AI Becomes Childs Play

"Kids and AI education is really important because we want to make sure that they feel like this is not just a black-box mystery element of technology in their lives, but something that they can really understand, think critically about, affect change, and perhaps contribute to building as well."

Judith Danovitch, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Louisville.

Lisa Anthony, associate professor of computer science at the University of Florida.

Despite their popularity with kids, tablets and other connected devices are built on top of systems that weren't designed for them to easily understand or navigate. But adapting algorithms to interact with a child isn't without its complications—as no one child is exactly like another.

Most recognition algorithms look for patterns and consistency to successfully identify objects. But kids are notoriously inconsistent. In an interview, professionals from varied disciplines discuss AI's relationship with kids.

"We do want children to continue to grow and develop and not necessarily use the AI as a crutch for all of that process, but we do want the AI to maybe help. It could act as a better support along the way..if we consider children's developmental needs, expectations, and abilities as we design these systems."

From MIT Technology Review
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