Cool or Creepy? Now Barbie has a built in Bot


Mattel’s new talking Hello Barbie doll encountered a fresh wave of hostility on Monday with the launch of a ‘#HellnoBarbie’ social media campaign that contends its artificial intelligence capabilities pose a threat to children’s privacy and creativity.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), a group opposed to marketing aimed at children, launched the campaign to discourage parents from buying Hello Barbie, the first Internet-connected doll that can carry on a seemingly real conversation by recording what the child says and sending it via Wi-Fi to the cloud for Barbie’s computer-generated response.

Here’s what has privacy experts in a tizzy: These conversations are stored and analyzed by ToyTalk, the San Francisco software company that makes this interaction possible.

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