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Why are people so quick to treat machines and AI systems, like ChatGPT as if they have intentions, feelings and morals? This tendency is a long-standing one, according to a new study: Children believe that a Roomba and an Alexa are capable of having feelings and thoughts. They should be treated as fellow humans.