Generation Alpha, those aged nine and younger, are considered to be the most tech exposed generation with technology impacting pretty much every aspect of their lives.
So it's no wonder the parents of this generation are also willing to embrace new technology when it comes to maintaining the health and wellness of their children. In fact, they have such faith in technology including artificial intelligence and virtual reality that many would allow a 3D printed heart to be implanted in their children.
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U.S, UK parents more skeptical about technology
At least the parents included in IEEE's new survey of millennial parents. IEEE, the technical professional organization, polled 2,000 parents between the ages of 23 and 38 with at least one child nine years old or younger. The parents live in the U.S., UK, India, China, and Brazil. The survey revealed parents in the U.S. and UK are a little more skeptical about technology than their counterparts in China, India, and Brazil.
IEEE found a majority of respondents would be ok with allowing a fully tested and functional 3D printed heart to be implanted in their child with 94% of parents in China and 92% of parents in India signaling they would be comfortable. Just 52% of parents in the U.S. said they would be on board with it.
As for healing aches and pains with virtual reality rather than medication, an overwhelming majority of parents were on board with pediatricians prescribing that instead of drugs. Currently, VR is being used for pain management because research has shown VR worlds using headsets can serve as a distraction even from the feelings of pain.
AI-based nurses not welcome in hospitals
The survey also found that most parents polled would allow their children to have surgery performed by a robot although those in the U.S., followed by the UK were more skeptical about the robot's ability to accurately perform a procedure. Most of the parents were against using a virtual reality nurse to tend to their children if they were in the hospital. In the U.S. 67% of millennial parents were against this while 57% of parents in the U.K. were not on board. A majority of parents in China, Brazil, and Inda would be comfortable leaving their child in the hospital under the care of an AI-powered virtual nurse.
As for self-driving school buses, millennial parents were divided on whether or not they would let their children board one of these buses even it was proven to be safe and had a caretaker robot on board. 58% of parents said it was a no go while in the UK 51% of parents weren't having it. In China, India, and Brazil a majority of parents had no problem with self-driving buses granted they are safe.