AI is about to transform childhood. Are we ready?

By Tyler Cowen

16 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Forget imaginary friends. In the near future, kids will grow up with AI friends—and they may become very attached. Bloomberg's Tyler Cowen looks at what that will mean for childhood.

With the introduction of GPT-4 and Claude, AI has taken another big step forward. GPT-4 is human-level or better at many hard tasks, a huge improvement over GPT-3.5, which was released only a few months ago. Yet amid the debate over these advances, there has been very little discussion of one of the most profound effects of AI large language models: how they will reshape childhood.

In the future, every middle-class kid will grow up with a personalized AI assistant - so long as the parents are okay with that.

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