The latest generation of chatbot toys listen to your kids 24/7 and send their speech to a military contractor

Last year’s Hello Barbie chatbot toy sent all your kid’s speech to cloud servers operated by Mattel and its tech partner, but only when your kid held down Barbie’s listen button – new chatbot toys like My Friend Cayla and the i-Que Intelligent Robot are in constant listening mode – as is your “OK Google” enabled phone, your Alexa-enabled home mic, and your Siri-enabled Ios device – and everything that is uttered in mic range is transmitted to Nuance, a company that makes text-to-speech tech (you probably know them through their Dragon-branded tools), and contracts to the US military.

In a new FTC complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), and Consumers Union argues that the toys license-agreements and cloud-based listening violate a variety of laws, especially laws protecting children from online data-collection. The way that the manufacturers try to finesse this is really laughable – as in I snorted aloud when I read it.

Cuddle Deprived Dorks || Jaxton

Jared was excited-no, ecstatic was more like it. His Cheater was finally in town so they could spend some much needed time together. Miss Jasmine let him off work a little early so he had time to go home, shower, change and come back. He’d texted Daxton to come meet him in the booth on the left side in the back of the diner. As he sat waiting, he got some knowing smiles from his co-workers as they continued slowly closing up the diner. Jared couldn’t stop the ear-splitting grin on his face if he wanted to as he saw the familiar brunette walking in.

Someone asked for a Frozen crossover with my all time favorite movie and I had to do it. Tho I overestimated my ability to draw in this style on my own so I just ref’d a funny moment. With Olaf as Pudge the penguin.