Should Children Form Emotional Bonds With Robots?

For better and worse, toys powered by AI are becoming an intimate part of kids’ lives.

Images: Chelsea Beck / Anki

When I brought the robot home from the Apple Store, I knew I was inviting a new kind of strangeness into our lives. My wife worried about giving our 4-year-old son a(nother) digital thing, a “smart” thing. I worried that he wouldn’t know…

This story is just a click away.

Sign up for a free Medium account to read this story from Alexis C. Madrigal. Plus, get one more story in your member preview this month.

Already have an account? Sign in

Join Medium to read this story.

Sign up with a free account to read this ad-free selection curated from The Atlantic.
Already have an account? Sign in