How Will Widespread A.I. Affect Generation Alpha?

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Children growing up today, specifically those born after 2010, have been dubbed Generation Alpha, and they’re set to be “the most tech-intensive, educated generation yet,” according to the experts at KinderCare Learning Center. In the same way that children of the 70s and 80s saw computers grow from expensive machinery used by the elite to common devices that we carry in our pockets, Generation Alpha will watch the rise of technology that today we see as impossibly complex and advanced, including the rise of A.I., from lunky, unrefined chatbots to whatever they become in the future.

That change is coming sooner than most would probably expect. Business Insider reports that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become the first country in the world to bestow citizenship upon an AI-powered robot, named Sophia.

“I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction,” Sophia told the audience, speaking on a panel. “This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship.”

The ceremonial event was held in the capital city of Riyadh, ahead of the Future Investment Initiative, and while likely more of a PR-stunt than anything else, sets interesting precedents regarding A.I. and how we will interact …

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