June 16, 2017
Teddy Ruxpin – the best-selling toy of 1985-1986 – was an animated, interactive Teddy Bear that used a cassette tape to talk and move. That was later replaced by a digital cartridge in the newest version, which is still being marketed.
However, the digital cartridge can be replaced with a processor capable of internet links to take commands, answer questions and record background conversation. Wow, a talking bear with artificial intelligence! Is that only the beginning of the age when your stuff spies on you?
In the 80’s, my little niece, Autumn, was fascinated and somewhat afraid o...