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Please Note: This is not a criticism towards educators who use voice assistants as a tool in their classrooms. This is regarding the risk of allowing the wake word "Alexa" in the education sector and the importance of implementing appropriate wake words. [e.g. Amazon & Computer]
parent of a toddler (CNN Business)
Generation Alpha [Generation Voice] is the first generation to grow up with voice assistants.
This is the first generation to grow up with ubiquitous AI – a world in which almost any question answered, item purchased or whim fulfilled is possible with a command of “Alexa” or “OK, Google” or “Hey Siri.” It raises profound questions about how children interact with technology, with other people, and how it might shape their interactions and development.
Understanding typical receptive and expressive language development is critical in this voice tech space. How are voice assistants impacting social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy, and cognitive development in young children?
3 - 6 months: responds to name by searching
6 - 9 months: stops when name is called
9 -12 months: searches immediately when called by name
It's important we don't forget that voice assistants can't replicate critical conversational exchanges necessary for language growth. It's a tool but not a replacement.
If you are a frequent user of voice assistants, is your child mastering typical language milestones on the expected timeline?
Anne Trafton, MIT Technology