Jamie Condliffe reports in MIT Technology Review:
As personal robots increasingly enter the home, robots may not just do our bidding—they might also become role models, too. Some parents have complained that Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant is training their children to be rude. Alexa doesn’t need people to say please and thank you, will tolerate answering the same question over and over, and remains calm in the face of tantrums. In short: it doesn’t prime kids for how to interact with real people.