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Accepted Contribution:

Young minds and artificial companions: navigating children's relationships with AI  
Annika Bush (Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security, University Alliance Ruhr, Germany)

Short abstract:

Delving into the realms of trust, curiosity, and companionship, this research explores how children navigate their relationships with AI. It aims to capture the nuances of children's engagement with AI systems, contributing to a deeper understanding of the dynamic between children and technology.

Long abstract:

This presentation delves into the fascinating area of relationships between children and AI, focusing on the developmental stage of 2- to 6-year-olds. In this age group, children are increasingly exposed to AI-based technologies, necessitating a critical examination of their interactions and their implications for future technological development.

Central to my investigation is the exploration of methods tailored to the unique cognitive and emotional landscape of young children. Through the use of child-centered observation techniques, playful interviews and interactive sessions, I aim to capture the nuances of their engagement with AI systems. Through these methods, I aim to understand how children perceive, communicate with and learn from AI technologies. My investigation will focus on how children relate to AI, navigating the domains of trust, curiosity and companionship.

I also aim to highlight the differences between children's interactions with AI and those of adults. Understanding these differences is crucial for the development of AI systems that are tailored to the specific needs and preferences of children. By recognizing children's interaction patterns, preferences and cognitive processes, we can adapt AI systems to promote learning, creativity and emotional well-being. Overall, this research contributes to a deeper understanding of the relationships between children and AI and provides valuable insights for the development and implementation of AI-based technologies tailored to the developmental needs of young users.

Combined Format Open Panel P272
Making and doing relationships with AI, cyborgs, robots
  Session 1 Friday 19 July, 2024, -