Well, that was until "Hello Barbie" spelled something out for me.
Mattel recently announced they would be releasing "Hello Barbie," an internet-connected Barbie doll capable of having conversations with the doll owner. Reportedly, Barbie will store conversation data to a remote location, and draw upon the stored data to have more meaningful and increasingly well-informed conversations with children who own them. Unsurprisingly, this raised more than a few red flags in the minds of parents, as well as any other individual concerned about privacy rights for kids. While I personally do not have children, the issues tied up in this one internet-connected toy suddenly had me thinking of a laundry-list of related debates and discussions. I couldn't not think about the internet of things.
Look at that. I don't even own a "Hello Barbie" and she's already taught me plenty.