The Breakthrough

Barbie is going to be given artificial intelligence in order to make it more lifelike to its customers. Aside from possessing the regular accessories and hair products that comes with Barbie, it will also have a button on its belt buckle which will activate voice recognition, allowing children to have an interactive conversation with this classic toy.

The Implications

Barbie has the capacity to improvise with these dialogues with the conversation she is having with each user, according to Oren Jacob, CEO of ToyTalk, who developed this system. Whenever a child speaks to the doll, Barbie will transmit this audio recording back to ToyTalk's server which will run a decision engine to come up with an appropriate response.

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