AI-enabled toys: Hello Barbie is now connected to Wifi – and can chat back

Artificial intelligence, which has already made inroads into fields ranging from medicine to aerospace engineering, could end up on Christmas lists this year. That’s because several companies – including the industry behemoth Mattel – are planning to roll out an assortment of AI-enabled toys which are designed for children as young as three. The one toy that everyone’s been talking about, of course, is Mattel’s Hello Barbie (its announcement hit British headlines earlier this year), which is powered by an artificial intelligence platform that was developed by ToyTalk, a San Francisco-based AI company founded by two former Pixar employees. The doll, expected to hit shelves in the US, will cost $74.99 (£49; there is no UK release date yet). As the newest iteration of a doll that’s been around since…


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