At Backchannel, Andrew Leonard tells the story of Dash and Dot, two darling robots designed to help kids learn to code.
Dash's real mission: to give kids a sense of agency in a world that is increasingly mysterious.
"The goal is for a child to look at an iPad not purely as a way to get and consume content, but as a way to make this other device — a robot — do phenomenal things," (says inventor Vikas Gupta). "The moment you do that, your appetite for what this device can do hopefully gets whetted and you want to do more. This is the path of curiosity that we want to take kids on. Where that journey takes them is an open question."
"And a Child's Robot Shall Lead Them" (Backchannel)