Artificial Intelligence for Kids Is the Hot New Toy Sensation

Artificial intelligence is here, baby! In the past five years, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and speech recognition have given the devices around us — smartphones, computers, cars — the ability to engage in something approaching conversation….With such technology widely available, it was inevitable that artificial intelligence for children would arrive, too, and it is doing so most prominently in the pink, perky form of Mattel’s Hello Barbie. Produced in collaboration with ToyTalk, a San Francisco-based company specializing in artificial intelligence, the doll is scheduled to be released in November with the intention of hitting the lucrative $6 billion holiday toy market. For adults, this new wave of everyday A.I. is nowhere near sophisticated enough to fool us into seeing machines as fully alive….But things are different with children, because children…


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