I think there is a fine line between “device” and “artificial intelligence robot” and that’s the same fine line we need to navigate here with kids. Am I going to start saying thank you to Siri — no — she gets me lost too often for us to get personal like that….I’m holding a grudge…period. But once robotics truly become AI rich the risk is we have kids and even adults who faced with being either
1-polite to anyone or thing that helps them or
2-impolite to anyone or thing that helps them
Will default to #2 and let’s face it that’s just crappy (pun totally intended)
So why not just be nice to the machines — consider it training and move on!