[MOTHER OF INVENTION] The Dawn of the Talking Toy

Rita Mauceri Barbie has something to say. And she’s not the only one. Like some real-life version of “Toy Story,” your children’s latest playthings are starting to talk. In the era of “smart” everything, it only makes sense that toys are getting smarter too. The question is: Are they getting a little too smart? According to Marketplace.org, the latest and greatest toys not only entertain kids, they “talk with kids, connect to the cloud, [and] employ artificial intelligence.” At the 2015 New York Toy Fair, Mattel introduced Hello Barbie, 11.5 inches of major buzz—and not all of it good. Hello Barbie interacts with kids on a level never quite seen before. Not only does she talk; she remembers things that children share with her and repeats them in future conversations.…


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