AI Friend Helps Keep Kids Whose Parents Are Soldiers Company

AI Friend Helps Keep Kids Whose Parents Are Soldiers Company
Children

AI Buddy is a new platform that aims to be a virtual friend for the 3 million children around the world who have had a parent deployed

Jiwon Kim
  • 26 may 2017

Combat not only takes soldiers away from their homes, it also leaves children with one less parent. In fact, since 2001, 3 million children around the world have had one parent deployed. The makers of AI Buddy recognized the difficulties these children face and decided to build a system that interacts with children to help them navigate through life. The platform acts as a support system for kids while their parents are away at war or if they happen to pass away.

Created by health and digital professionals, the kid-friendly platform has a host of adorable cartoon characters such as a monkey and a teddy bear. AI Buddy stays engaged with a child throughout the whole day, sending different messages and checking to see that he or she is okay through a smart device. They even can assist children with their homework and help put children to sleep. The AR/VR component allows children to put on headsets and play virtual frisbee with their friend. Every night, updates are sent to older family members so they get a good sense of how a child is doing physically and emotionally. If the child has a parent who has passed away in combat, Ai Buddy also considers this and provides assistance as best as it can.

AI Buddy is not meant to be with a child forever. The makers have also implemented a slow process that basically weans children off in a psychologically healthy way. Any child within a military family will be able to access AI Buddy for free. Although the system may not be able to take away the pain of losing the loved one or having a parent far away, AI Buddy may be able to provide children with more comfort and attention than they are able to access.

AI Buddy

Combat not only takes soldiers away from their homes, it also leaves children with one less parent. In fact, since 2001, 3 million children around the world have had one parent deployed. The makers of AI Buddy recognized the difficulties these children face and decided to build a system that interacts with children to help them navigate through life. The platform acts as a support system for kids while their parents are away at war or if they happen to pass away.

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