Research Shows Young Parents Prefer Robots to Care For Them in Old Age

///Research Shows Young Parents Prefer Robots to Care For Them in Old Age

If before the parents loved the idea of being looked after by their children as they age, the generation of the “fathers of the millennium” follows a very different way of thinking.

For them, enlist the help of artificial intelligence or even robots is the preferred option to depend on their – the so – called “alpha child” born from 2010.

At least this is what indicates a research done by the IEEE on the impact of the AI on the generations of parents and children. The study, involving 600 fathers and mothers between the ages of 20 and 36, found that 63 percent of them would rather have a robot to help them than rely on their offspring for independent living as a senior.

From robot-babysitters to AI teachers

This preference for robots is not only limited independent living. The study also found that 80 percent of parents believe that using AI will help their children learn from an early age – and even faster than in their generation.

Similarly, 74% of them would consider using a robot as a teacher for their children, and 40% of respondents said they would accept using a nanny robot to care for their children.

Much of the reason for this would simply come from the ease it would bring to everyday life. 45%, for example, agree that these technologies “minimize frustration as a parent,” while 64% think using it would give them “more time to do other things.” 63%, however, admit that this would affect the time they spend with their children.

Present in growth

Do you think they want to stop it? No way. 48% of parents said they would think about having a “pet robot” for their child. It is worth noting that mothers were more apprehensive about this decision, with only 42% being receptive to 55% for men.

Already at the time of having your child drive a car for the first time against the fear of leaving them in an autonomous car, we have a close ratio: 31% of them find the first option more worrisome, against only 25% in the second. The remaining 44% see both as something to fear.

Last but not least, the study also pointed out that the presence of these technologies has further influenced the type of choice that parents expect their children to follow. 74% of them said they would encourage them to an engineering career.

By |2017-07-28T15:20:53+00:00July 28th, 2017|Artifical Intelligence, Technology|2 Comments


  1. Aldon September 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    It probably depends on the culture. For Americans, this may be an accurate or a somewhat reasonable estimate, for Filipinos – the opposite is true. As Filipinos are very familial – it is not unusual to find 2 or 3 generations of a family living in the same house – caring for your elderly parents is actually an expectation of you. Americans, who encourage moving out of your parents’ house by a certain age in life and are also technologically more advanced, are understandably more receptive to the idea of being cared for by robots.

  2. Caleb Momanyi September 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    In our daily living, technology has taken center-stage making humanity to almost fully depend on the latter. This has merits and demerits, and a greater percentage of individuals only focus on the merits. A lot of emphasis in education and technology is now shifting to AI.
    This type of digital technology will bring about women empowerment because it will allow them to engage in other tasks away from home. Similarly, the elderly will be taken care of seamlessly and allow the supposed care givers to attend to other schedules. Such milestones in technology have necessitated digital learning to align individuals with the future developments in technology.

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