Not Quite “Talking Tina”, but It’s Getting There

Talking Tina

“My name is Talking Tina and I don’t forgive you!”

What will be worse?

Mattel’s database getting hacked and Barbie reciting the Necronomicon to your four-year-old, or your daughter’s most reliable new-best-friend becoming a talking toy commercial?

As a parent, I think I’d rather roll the dice with the Necronomicon.


  • Just a thought

    Hey, Kojak, did you know that “Islam is the Light,” baby?

  • Exile1981

    Don’t worry the dolls will listen to mom and dad talking and report any hate speech or thought crimes taking place in the house.

    • Frau Katze

      Yikes. Who needs Stasi with all this new technology? The world of Orwell looks more real all the time.

      The UK is already stuffed full of CCTVs. And they’re spreading.

      • Exile1981

        Now everyone will have one in there home as well, not just watching but listening and reporting on thought crimes.

  • Frau Katze

    It sounds like there could be some problems.

    Back in November, the Vivid Toy group released Cayla, a doll that uses speech-recognition and Google’s translation tools.

    In January, security researcher Ken Munro discovered a vulnerability in its software, which allowed for it to be hacked to say things that might not be suitable for children.

  • Frau Katze

    I had to look up “Necronomicon”. I’ve not read any of his books or even heard the term before.

    Sounds like a combo of something deadly with “emoticon”.

    • Exile1981

      HP lovecraft, all of his middle easterners are villains worshiping evil dark gods.

      • Clausewitz

        Yep, non fictional and historically accurate.

        • Exile1981

          I tell my kids that the stories about Innsmouth are actually about Lethbridge.