Nobody says “please” or “thank you” to Alexa, writes Ken Gordon in The Atlantic. He worries that the ability to command a digital assistant is teaching his 13-year-old son to be bossy and rude. “Alexa, play Jeopardy!,” he might say—and his word is her command.
And that gives me pause. My wife and I have expended much time and energy ensuring that when Ari speaks, he does so respectfully and intelligently. But he can speak to Alexa without any consideration at all. “Please” or
Mattel’s Aristotle baby monitor is billed as “the Amazon Echo for kids.” “As millions of American families buy robotic voice assistants to turn off lights, order pizzas and fetch movie times, children are eagerly co-opting the gadgets to settle dinner table disputes, answer homework questions and entertain friends at sleepover parties,” writes Michael S. Rosenwald in the Washington Post. Alexa, how will “know-it-all voice assistants” affect children? Parents see Amazon’s Alex