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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Big Barbie

Hot on the heels of SmartTV's that listen to what you say, comes Hello Barbie that listens in on your childrens' conversations!

Mattel has unveiled a high-tech Barbie that will listen to your child, record its words, send them over the internet for processing, and talk back to your kid. It will email parents highlights of their kids' conversations with the toy.

The Wi-Fi connected Hello Barbie doll is developed by ToyTalk

When you press a button on her belt buckle, Barbie wakes up, asks a question, and turns on its microphone while the switch is held down.

The doll is loaded up with scripts to read, and one of these is selected depending on what the kid said. If the kid shows an interest in a particular past-time or thing, the doll’s software will know to talk about that – giving the kid the impression that chatty Barbie’s a good, listening friend.

The recorded audio of children’s voices (and whatever else happens to be going on around them when they push the buckle button) is kept on ToyTalk’s computers.

As per ZeroHedge, here is the The ToyTalk privacy policy page:
"When users interact with ToyTalk, we may capture photographs or audio or video recordings (the “Recordings”) of such interactions, depending upon the particular application being used.
We may use, transcribe and store such Recordings to provide and maintain the Service, to develop, test or improve speech recognition technology and artificial intelligence algorithms, and for other research and development or internal purposes.

We may make such Recordings available to the parent account holder and permit the parent account holder to share such Recordings with third parties.
By using Hello Barbie, parents agree to these terms.

You have been warned!

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  1. Tonk.3:10 PM

    This is a very sinister development in my opinion.

    Barbie: "Hello little girl, have your parents said or done anything they shouldn't have?"

    It could be like having a state spy living in your home with you.....Any parent that buys one for their kid needs their head looking at.

  2. Lord of Atlantis4:39 PM

    Big Brother (or Sister) is watching (and listening) to YOU!