Will artificial intelligence be a blessing or concern in assistive robots for play?

Kim Adams*, Pedro Encarnação, Adriana M. Rios-Rincón, Al M. Cook

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The recent advances and popularity of artificial intelligence (AI) offer exciting possibilities to improve technology but they also raise concerns. In this paper, we use our research to present the potential benefits of using AI in assistive technology for children with disabilities to access play, and examine potential ethical concerns surrounding data required by AI algorithms. Since play is a key factor in child well-being and cognitive development, secondary disabilities may arise as a consequence of motor impairments. Assistive robots for augmentative manipulation can be instrumental in providing children with physical disabilities play opportunities, but we need to take a principled and user-centered approach to technical innovations.

Translated title of the contributionA inteligência artificial será uma bênção ou preocupação em robôs assistivos para brincar?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Human Growth and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assistive robots
  • Augmentative manipulation
  • Children with disabilities
  • Machine learning
  • Play


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