Long ago, we kids loved to play with toys. Even though toys couldn’t talk to us, we still had a pretty good imagination as to what they would say to us. Well that was in the past. With today’s technology, toys can now talk to us. That’s right, a toy that can be your new best friend. Well almost; with the toys like robot dogs or Barbies, they can now talk to whoever talks to them. Wonder how they work, very simple. A child can say “Hello” to the toy, the toy then captures what the kid says and transfers it to a computer server through wifi. It then process it through an algorithm and returns a reply back to the kid. Interesting enough, it is in the toy Hello Barbie and I am sure it is in other toys at the toy store. These smart toys are a new generation toys. Sounds a bit creepy that a toy can talk to you, but it is the future in toys. In some toys, they are able to use AI powered engines to use speech recognition tools and understand conversation. Not every toy can talk on its own. Crazy enough, some of them are still in the work in progress but we are getting to that stage where the toy can communicate like other humans. One thing that is interesting is that if one toy manufacturers do this AI tech, then more toy companies might have to transfer over and get on with the new technology. These toys so far are for ages 3-9 and in a way can be beneficial to kids.
For me, I wish we had this back then, but it is interesting to see where this leads to. Hopefully one day these toys won’t have to rely on computer servers and have a mind of its own. I am very interested to see what toys they use to turn it into an AI toy.
Right now, there have been ethical issues with some of the AI toys. For the same example, the Barbie toys have had privacy issues. Some people have claimed it violates the right to privacy for children 13 and below. And a Google teddy bear was quoted a creepy internet toy. In a way, it can be kind of creepy so I am interested as to how they will solve this issues. The most common one is privacy because these toys can be a camera toy spy in a way. These toys can be very technically advanced that it can record or do things inside people’s houses and upload to the internet. But to what I see, I still think there is lots of room to improve even though this is just the beginning.