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  • Are robots affecting the way your children see the world?
  • Are robots affecting the way your children see the world?
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How AI is affecting kids' brains

Technology is part of every aspect of our lives. But amongst the innovation, there are questions about what exactly we’re trading in for these advancements. Do smartphones actually disconnect us? Has Google made us stupid? And is making friends with robots messing up our kids?

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The little girl in the YouTube video is adorable. Staring intently at her new playmate, she shrieks with delight when he dances, and chuckles when he says he loves her. It’s easy to forget her friend doesn’t really exist. He’s an advanced robot called IXI-play, with QR scanners for eyes. It’s those he uses to read the code on the card she holds up to mean ‘love’. And he’s programmed to respond in kind. It’s the clear joy being felt that makes the IXI-play robot both appealing and a little unnerving. They’re both having fun, but only ...

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