What is AI Barbie really saying to kids?

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan While Silicon Valley giants start to develop AI capabilities, Mattel is already launching the ultimate AI for your child, Hello Barbie, an AI toy that Mattel advertises as a child’s “perfect friend.” With Hello Barbie shipping to toy stores in a few months, some parents worry about the potentially negative impact an early generation AI toy could have on their children. Children develop by observing the world around them. Peter Salovey, a pioneer of emotional intelligence, argues that children learn not only from the adults around them but also from the books they read; for example if characters are happy or sad, the child will learn “how characters cope in response to the feelings.” If children are interacting more and more with Hello Barbie, it begs the…


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