Barbie is a horrible toy. We can all agree on that. But now we can despise her for something other than the ridiculous body image and vacuous statements on consumer culture she sells the kiddies.
This Barbie can spy on your family.
Vigilant Citizen sounds the alarm:
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In an attempt to revitalize its Barbie brand, Mattel will soon launch Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi-connected doll with artificial intelligence that “talks” to children by recording what they say and responding accordingly. All of the children’s interactions with the doll are recorded using a microphone and are sent to a remote server through Wi-Fi. The recorded voices are then interpreted by an algorithm in order to generate an appropriate response. While some might find this innovation fun and interesting, others see a big-brotherish nightmare as the toy has the capability to ask personal questions to little girls, record their answers (and everything else the mic picks up) to then transmit the information to a remote location.