The 9.20.15 Issue

The Story, On Twitter | ‘‘ ‘I still convey unreasonable body image expectations, but I read The New Yorker, as well.’ — Barbie’’ @Shifted_One October 2, 2015 RE: BARBIE James Vlahos wrote about Hello Barbie, a doll that, with the help of artificial intelligence, can not only talk but also hold a conversation. Oren Jacob, a founder of ToyTalk, says the technology behind Hello Barbie was inspired by his daughter’s asking if she could Skype with her stuffed animal. But children don’t need toys with Wi-Fi and speech-recognition software to have interactive conversations with inanimate objects: They need only their imaginations. And when children play both parts in a conversation with a doll or stuffed animal, they not only exercise their creativity more, but there is no danger of them…


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