Mattel's Hello Barbie has a microphone and a wifi interface, and it transmits the phrases it hears to a central server in order to parse them and formulate a response. Mattel claims that the data isn't being retained or harvested for marketing purposes, and assures parents that they can make Barbie stopping eavesdropping on them at will. But does it work?
Just what your sweet little four-year-old girl needs - ionizing radiation!
In her lap. For hour after hour, day after day...
Electromagnetic radiation in the form of high-frequency radio waves.
And people are concerned about privacy? PRIVACY?
Do you not realize that every egg that will ever transit her fallopian tubes is already present within her tiny body?
And twenty-five years later when she becomes pregnant and encounters dreadful genetic defects, or miscarries, or cannot even conceive, everyone will be wringing their hands and doctors will be 'baffled'...
But since she will not be alone, the doctors and society of the future will likely have figured it out.
And the history books in 2050 will not be kind to the pervasive witlessness of today's population!
Kinda like Thalidomide, y'know? Today we shake our heads and ask "what were they thinking"...