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Why Co-Parenting With Telepresence Robots Could Be a Fantastic Idea

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE. There’s always something heart-wrenching when parents have to be far away from their children. Sometimes parents travel. Sometimes separated parents split time with the kids. Maybe telepresence robots can help. This article explores some of the potential benefits and challenges of using telepresence robots as a co-parenting tool. To my knowledge, there is only one research instance of this [pdf], so a lot of questions remain to be answered. What is clear is that there are reasons why co-parenting with telepresence robots could be a fantastic idea, and reasons that this could be terrible. Let’s start with the fantastic. Why Robots Are Better Than Skype Let’s review some shortcomings of Skype, FaceTime, and similar applications when they ...

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