Robots can easily sway children using peer pressure


Children can be easily swayed into changing their opinions by robots, according to new research which raises new questions over the ethics of artificial intelligence.

In a series of tests by academics at the University of Plymouth, children aged between seven and nine were more likely to give the same responses as their robot companions, even when it was clear that suggestions made by the robots were wrong.

“What our results show is that adults do not conform to what the robots are saying. But when we did the experiment with children, they did,” said Tony Belpaeme, a Professor in Robotics at Plymouth.

With children now having far more interaction with digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa…

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