Artificial intelligence takes over Barbie’s brain

A prototype for Mattel’s ubiquitous Barbie doll has been developed that incorporates advanced artificial intelligence elements to allow it to process human speech, and even answer profound questions like: “Do you believe in God?” The new Hello Barbie, unveiled to The New York Times ahead of its November launch, will combine AI software with a microphone, WiFi capabilities and speech-recognition capabilities in order to communicate through more than 8,000 lines of pre-recorded dialogue. Through the speech-recognition software, key words are used to trigger certain responses from the Hello Barbie. For example, “good”, and “fantastic” would cue the doll to say something like: “Great, me too!” The toy is also able to remember answers − such as being told a relative has died − in order to avoid such topics or…

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