Barbie Learns To Chat Using Artificial Intelligence

The next version of Barbie might not find math so hard, after all. This week, Mattel revealed that for the first time Barbie will be backed by artificial intelligence, a move to make the doll more lifelike. In addition to the traditional hair products and accessories, the doll’s belt buckle doubles as a button for activating voice recognition. Through this mechanism, children can have interactive conversations with the classic toy. Barbie, full name Barbara Millicent Roberts, knows 8,000 lines of dialogue, and can improvise with them based on the conversation she’s having with the user, according to ToyTalk CEO Oren Jacob. ToyTalk, who developed the system and will run the networks backing the AI, is a children’s game developer focused on conversation with in-game characters. Jacob says that Barbie will…


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