Will Barbie be hackers’ new plaything?

Will Barbie be hackers’ new plaything? By Sean Sposito, San Francisco Chronicle October 12, 2015 Photo: Christopher T. Fong Barbie, a doll that’s been around for more than 50 years, is delving into artificial intelligence. Using speech-recognition technology, Hello Barbie can carry on conversations with children.  Barbie, a doll that’s been around for more than 50 years, is… SAN FRANCISCO – At a New York City toy fair in February, Barbie and an equally blond adult handler chatted in front of a captivated audience. “We are on stage to show all these lovely people how amazing you are,” the handler said. “Being onstage is exciting, isn’t it?” Barbie responded. Using an Internet connection and speech-recognition technology, Hello Barbie, the latest iteration of Mattel’s 56-year-old franchise, does more than speak…


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