technology fundamentally human

With robots as friends, learning is play
The Next Web links to the Study: Robots inspire new learning & creativity possibilities for kids (the LEGO Group is involved). Here are The Next Web’s closing paragraphs:

Taking a deeper look at the stories the children created, the survey found that unlike many adults who see technology as separate from humanness, it seems that “kids tend to think of technology as fundamentally human: as a social companion that can entertain, motivate, and empower them in various contexts.”
    While this dreamy perspective is partially the result of childhood imagination (something kids from any generation can have), it is clear that kids are eagerly anticipating new ways that tech can enhance their lives.
    Sure, it’s easy to dismiss how children look forward to the future and dream without inhibitions, but that’s exactly what some of the greatest innovators of our time have done. Children don’t just react, they imagine, and that’s why this study can’t be overlooked.

Compare that to robotopia nipponica.

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  • Alexander Rabitsch Friday, 27th January 2012 at 11:48

    Is this a real success? IMHO not at all …. Have a look here what those people do with their children: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?pagewanted=all

  • 風露 Saturday, 28th January 2012 at 17:36

    This is really interesting. I recently saw a ‘documentary’ which adresses the same issue. Contrary to the above stated views, it comes to the conclusion that technology will be the downfall of our society. It is actually veeery biased, not only to a christian/pseudo-religious point of view, imo the filmmaker goes so far to use amateur actors.

    All this shows to me, that there is (like it is considered normal for a free western society) a huge range of opinions of how to encounter technology. But my impression is, that most of the more popular opinios rather demonize technology instead of really reflecting its pros and cons.

    The ‘documentary’ (by Dorit Vaarning) can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svgCuSRRl00

  • Alexander Rabitsch Saturday, 28th January 2012 at 20:47

    thx … :) for the link …

  • zephyrin_xirdal Sunday, 29th January 2012 at 22:06

    Well, it’s the utopia-dystopia dialectic, I guess. Just as it hardly occurs that in cyberpunk stories technologies are rendered downright negative, rather fundamentally ambivalent …