Really, how do kids find their nannies? Does the presence of a caregiver affect their emotional and intellectual growth. Researchers from the University of Washington tried to answer these questions through the help of Robovie, the robo-nanny.
The group studied 90 kids and the results of the study were interesting– children think that the robo-nanny deserves some respect. Yes, only some. Eighty percent of the 90 kids believed that the robot was quite intelligent, while 60 percent thought that the robot has feelings. Also, more than half of the kids admitted that they would be present for their robo-nanny if it were in need of any support.
However, the children were not convinced that the robo-nanny needed to be paid for its service and that it does not have the right to vote in an election. They also admitted that it feels okay for the robo-nanny to be bought and sold.
The researchers are now looking into how they can improve Robovie to help develop emotional processes in the children.
via The Verge