loss voice assistantas Alexa, Sir, I hey Google HomeCan be harmful to children’s emotional and social development, according to a study published Tuesday “Archives of Disease in Childhood”group’s “British Medical Journal”,
These smart devices can have long-term effects on children’s ability to critical thinking, empathy and compassion, and learning.
It is proposed by research led by Anmol Arora, a University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applied to health and care.
Arora says assistants can help children read and improve their communication skills, but cautions that their AI component and the realism of the human voices they reproduce may be due to their impact on brain development. raise questions about. key to development.
The author focuses his concerns on three broad areas: inappropriate responses, barriers to social development, and barriers to learning.
Arora cites documented cases where an inappropriate response from a voice assistant suggests, for example, a 10-year-old trying to touch an electrical outlet with a coin.
In this regard, he acknowledges that “this is complex” Involved “Parental Control” without affecting the speakers “seriously for its functionality”Recalling that privacy concerns have also been raised when conversations can be recorded.
He stressed that these assistants are not capable of teaching minors to behave politely because they are not required to “Please” hey “Blessings”And they’re not too sensitive “tone of voice”,
In this context, it is not possible to establish “non-verbal communication”who makes these devices “a bad way to learn social interaction”,
“In normal human interactions, a child typically receives a constructive response if they behave appropriately, but this scenario is outside the scope of these tools.”Arora said in a statement.
In his opinion, this issue is particularly relevant now, when “Social Development of Minors” could have already been affected “As a result of restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic”a period in which “They could have spent time isolated with these devices at home”,
However, he argues that while loudspeakers are designed to receive information and provide brief, specific feedback, this feature may also disrupt the traditional processes by which children learn and absorb information.
Arora explains that when a child questions an adult, the latter may, in turn, request relevant information, explain the limits of their own knowledge, or assess the child’s reasoning ability. . On the other hand, the machine cannot do this.
Similarly, the search for information, according to the expert, is a learning experience in itself, as it contributes to the development of critical thinking and logical reasoning.
“The presence of voice assistants has brought many benefits to the population. Their abilities to present information quickly, assist with daily tasks, and be alone with adults are important and helpful.”Arora notes.
However, he warns “It’s important” Do more research to determine what their “long-term consequences” are in their interactions with children.