Blog 10

 

 

 

The article I chose for this blog is, “Why these friendly robots can’t be good friends to our kids.” The article talks about how there are these new robots being made that are like little friends to kids, and their argument is that the kids won’t learn any social skills with these robots since they are not real people, and have no actual emotion. But my argument against this, is that robots actually teach kids more social skills at an early age than anything else. One reason I think this is because I found a story about a kid with autism who had a robot that talks to him and makes him feel loved. Anthony, the kid, had many different therapy sessions with Zeno, the robot, and every time he went to one of these therapy sessions he started feeling more and more relaxed, until Zeno was like one of his best friends, and for a kid that has no friends that really means a lot. Another way robots are actually helping kids is how some of these social robots are being used to teach kids. These robots were being used in pre-schools to help kids learn math, and even art skills. Eventually these kids would grow to love the robots and take them everywhere because in the kids mind these robots are just like anyone else, they feel and think and love. The main reason that people are fighting against this is that they think its ethically wrong to make a child be friends with something that isn’t real and doesn’t think at all, but I think its the opposite because these are young kids we are talking about, and a lot of younger kids especially with disabilities don’t have a lot of friends and these robots can teach them basic social skills that will help these kids in the future. Also for the people that say that these relationships are not authentic, yoiu have to remember that people have relationships with non human things everyday, whether that be a pet, or a car, or anything you hold dear to you, ell this is all the same with these robots, you can love them and hold them and they can be just as a good a friend to a kid as a pet. So in conclusion, robots are actually very good friends to children and can teach them social skills rather than deprive them of the skills

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