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In Wired, Joanna Bryson discusses the future of AI for childcare

Robot nannies will bring both drawbacks and advantages, she writes with co-author Ronny Bogani.

What will family life look like when robots take over some childcare duties? Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School and AI ethics expert Ronny Bogani address this question in their essay “The Future of Robot Nannies”, published in Wired in December. The authors explore how using artificial intelligence (AI) in childcare might raise issues such as liability, changes to social behaviour and social relationships. 
Bryson and Bogani point to the advantages and disadvantages of using robot nannies to care for children or to help understaffing in nurseries, from potential legal liabilities for manufacturers to the possible drawbacks and advantages of leaving children in the care of machines. They also discuss the implications for work in the care industry – from job shortages to wages.

The “Future of Robot Nannies” was originally published as “Robot Nannies Will Not Love” in the 2021 novel “The Love Makers,” by Aifric Campell, which also included a collection of essays by technology experts. The book deals with the impact of advancing technology and how it affects law and ethics. Read the full article here.

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