DTNS 3144 – My Kid’s Toy is Smarter than Your Honor Student

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAre we ready for AI toys? Plus, Facebook messes with the News Feed and wipes out some site traffic and US DoJ backs down on gag orders.
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One thought on “DTNS 3144 – My Kid’s Toy is Smarter than Your Honor Student”

  1. I was just listening to the discussion in episode 3144 about security and privacy concerns regarding AI and children’s toys, and that discussion dipped a toe into the area of psychological development. The timing of this discussion was uncanny because the TED Radio Hour had just released an episode about the power and importance of play in our lives as children and adults.

    I won’t go into the details, but I think it’s worth considering that as toy companies all race to build “your plastic pal who’s fun to be with”, they could also be creating serious impediments to a child’s growth in the areas of empathy, creativity, socialization, and problem solving.

    In short, a pillow named Chubby Checker probably provides far more benefit than a dog named Aibo.

    Keep up the great work and thanks for all that you do!

    Jonathan in “it’s starting to feel like fall” Columbus, Ohio.

    TED Radio Hour episode “Press Play”
    http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/390249044

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