Generation Artificial Intelligence

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The future is ever changing. The next generation, born in 2010 and through 2025, known as Generation Alpha, will be the most tech-infused demographic. But what do their Millennial parents actually think about their children (seven years-old or younger) growing up with Artificial Intelligence (AI)? As already, to keep this generation of children engaged, parents are using apps, interactive screens and AI-powered devices. Helping to throw light on the views of Millennial parents and how ‘smart’ machines will impact their children’s lives, the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for humanity has released Generation AI: A Study of Millennial Parents of Generation Alpha Kids. This report looks at all aspects of life from childcare to healthcare and pet adoption.

Millennial parents see AI technology enmeshed throughout the lives of their offspring and in many scenarios, fully embrace it. For example, this survey shows that parents are less worried if their child is riding in a self-driving car alone for the first time (25%), yet are more nervous about their child driving for the first time alone (31%). Two-thirds of parents (63%) would rather have AI help them live independently in their golden years and only 37% would rely on their own children.

Looking at home-life, AI is now powering pet robots that can identify, greet, obey and entertain the family; and nearly half (48%) of Millennial parents say they would probably get a robot pet instead of real pet for their child. Interestingly, fathers (55 percent) are more likely than mothers (42 percent) to buy a pet robot. Experts say AI will power smart devices in the home that support physical, emotional, social and mental health, from monitoring and assistive devices like intelligent walkers to robot-assisted dressing. AI is making way - for walking and talking robots - that are becoming more adept at human behavior.

As a result, 40 percent of these parents would supplement or replace a human nanny with a stay-at-home robo-nanny to take care of their children. The majority of parents would consider an AI tutor for their child and two in five parents have either complete or a great deal of trust in AI to help diagnose and treat their children if sick. In the future, ‘smart’ toys and AI apps currently in development will have the potential to respond to human language and a child’s behavior or enable real-time monitoring and enhancement of vocabulary learning. IEEE’s survey shows, 80% of parents say AI technology increases their expectations that their babies will learn faster and more than they did. 

The pervasiveness of world-changing technology means millennial parents will encourage this generation to study engineering – especially, as many experts believe that engineering is driving a myriad of world-changing activities, from - space exploration, drones and computer science, to health, medicine, biology, vehicle technology and consumer electronics - to much more. This is just the tip of the AI iceberg. 

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