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Alexa, what are you? Exploring primary school children’s ontological perceptions of digital voice assistants in open interactions

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Today’s children grow up in an environment that is increasingly characterized by digital voice assistants (DVAs), such as Alexa, Siri, or the Google Assistant. This paper argues that any attempt to investigate children’s interactions with, and perceptions of, DVAs should be based on the theoretical grounds of an ontological framework that considers children’s genuine understanding of what it means to be human and what it means to be a machine. Based on focus groups and a gamified data collect...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1159/000508499

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Education
Oxford college:
Jesus College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Education
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-6752-881X
Publisher:
Karger Publishers
Journal:
Human Development More from this journal
Volume:
64
Issue:
1
Pages:
26–43
Publication date:
2020-06-29
Acceptance date:
2020-04-23
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EISSN:
1423-0054
ISSN:
0018-716X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1104132
Local pid:
pubs:1104132
Deposit date:
2020-05-12

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