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Picture this: You’re playing a game of trivia with friends. The question is, “How many bones are in the human hand?”

Your friend answers 27.

You decide to ask Alexa, the smart speaker sitting in the living room, to verify the number. Alexa says, “26.” 

Everyone agrees that even though your friend’s guess was close, their answer was in fact, wrong. No point for them.

But who was actually right? Would you take what Alexa says as fact?

According to a new study, it depends on who you ask. While adults might be willing to take those results as fact, kids are a bit more skeptical.

Source: CBC Technology Analysis

Date: December 18th, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ramona-pringle-alexa-kids-technology-1.5397579

Discussion

  1. “Kids trust their teachers because they’ve learned to trust them, whereas they’re still figuring out whether or not sources like voice assistants are trustworthy.” How might kids and adults be taught to trust intelligent agents like the Amazon Alexa?
  2. ” when the statements involved scientific and historical facts, kids tended to trust the teacher while adults were more inclined to trust the internet. The researchers concluded this could be due to the vast amounts of information available online, the fallibility of human memory and the tendency for adults to become less trusting of humans as they get older. ” How is this insight important to the developers of intelligent agents like the Amazon Alexa?

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