Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Friday June 10, 2016

Is Amazon's Echo Conditioning Kids To Be Rude

First it was the radio, then it was television, cell phones and video games. Now, the current thing turning our precious little snowflakes into rude little bastar...kids...is the Amazon echo. Won't somebody please think of the children?

"I’ve found my kids pushing the virtual assistant further than they would push a human," says Avi Greengart, a tech analyst and father of five who lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. "[Alexa] never says ‘That was rude’ or ‘I’m tired of you asking me the same question over and over again. It is important for my kids to be able to empathize with people and read emotions off people and be polite with people," she says. But "Alexa doesn’t have feelings, and I don’t want her over-personified."

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