LEGO-sponsored study: Kids think robots are cooler than parents, teachers

Feb 3, 2012
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If your parents were robots, you wouldn't have to do chores. If your teachers were robots, learning would be fun. At least, that's the response that kids provided in a study conducted by a research company called Latitude, in tandem with a group called the LEGO Learning Institude and Project Synthesis. The experiment looked at 350 elementary-grade students from the ages of 8 and 12, from the countries of Australia, France, Germany, South Africa, the UK, and the US.

The children - who are perhaps the best subjects in any study because society hasn't taught them to lie and cheat - were asked to describe what life would be like if robots were part of their everyday routine. They were also asked to draw a corresponding picture. The results as tabulated by Latitude were interesting - 38% described robots that could help them learn, and the same amount, 38%, described robots that could play with them.

And those two 38% overlapped significantly in their descriptions. Many children talked about robots being able to teach new things in a fun and engaging way, assumedly something their current teachers aren't doing such a good job of. And the children also described their home lives with robot interaction, many of which discussing a world where their robots could do their chores. We'd bet even the majority of adults would say the same thing. 66% of the children in the study envisioned a world where robots would have the same level of intelligence as humans. So, scientists, get cracking - you've got a lot of young kinds out there who are expecting hella cool robots when they grow up.

[via Forbes]


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