Hello Barbie: Artificial Intelligence Is Ruining Child’s Play

Barbie has undergone many permutations over the years. The loveable, or hateable depending on your opinion, fashion doll that arrived on the scene in 1959 has never settled for anything less than an exciting and dynamic existence. Now, Barbie is reintroducing herself yet again — as a robot. Not really, but Mattel is turning Barbie into an artificially intelligent being with Hello Barbie, the first honestly disturbing iteration of the classic toy. Interacting with this new doll will be like using Siri on your iPhone. You can press a button in her belt buckle to activate a microphone, which records and sends messages over WiFi to ToyTalk, a company that specializes in artificial intelligence and is partnering with Mattel for this project. While some might applaud this decision, we do…


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