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UW Today featured Peter Kahn and his research team in the exploration of how children interact socially with a humanoid robot.

"We need to talk about how to best design social robots for children, because corporations will go with the design that makes the most money, not necessarily what’s best for children" said Peter Kahn, associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington. "In developing robot nannies, we should be concerned with how we might be dumbing down relationships and stunting the emotional and intellectual growth of children." Children perceive humanoid robot as emotional, moral being Co-authors at UW are Nathan Freier, Rachel Severson, Jolina Ruckert and Solace Shen.