Many parents are skeptical of artificial intelligence interacting with their children. They are wary of robots “having minds of their own.” However, kids interacting with social robots can bring about positive implications that they probably haven’t considered. Here are five ways AI can benefit your children.
AI can spark an interest in sciences and technology
Showing children the different types of technology may spark an interest in STEM, especially if it’s interactive. This interest can pave the way for them to pursue coding, computer science, or engineering. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM subjects) are widely used and are the foundations of the industrial and corporate worlds. Robotics and AI will undoubtedly be commonly used in the future, so why not get a head start and get your child more familiar with it now?
Interacting with social robots presents children with hypothetical situations and questions, encouraging them to think critically. Critical thinking can improve the way we express our ideas, analyze situations, and they can improve our comprehension abilities. Studies have shown that kids who interact with these social robots are likely to treat them as a human counterpart. Critical thinking helps children collaborate and socialize with the robots productively. It can also give kids more confidence in social interactions in and out of the classroom.
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AI influences children to utilize their creativity and do things hands-on
Artificial intelligence is usually predisposed to be interactive when used as an educational tool. These robots present interactive lessons, games, and questions that help the child learn. Social robots combine audio and visuals, as well as requiring vocal and sometimes written responses from the student. A combination of these requirements keeps many parts of the child’s brain active. There is room for creativity in the child’s reactions when they can hear and see the content they are learning.
AI can make learning fun, and more information is retained
Learning through play has become grossly underestimated. It has been shown, time and time again, that younger minds keep more information for more extended periods when they are fully engaged and “having fun.” It’s natural for young children to be playful, and therefore, entertaining them through educational games keeps their brains active and engaged. Technology and gadgets also spark curiosity, so applying them in education can be incredibly powerful. Social robots have the power to change the way we tackle early childhood education. Using this incredible power is a part of ROYBI‘s goal in creating a relational robot to kickstart the potential of youth held in the classroom.