Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms

Mattel is investing in internet-connected toys under a new leader recruited from Google. “Alexa and Echo have prepared us to say this is OK — to see something that’s actually quite shocking as OK,” Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in an interview. She called Aristotle’s lullaby capability “exactly the wrong thing for a computer to be doing,” because the machine can’t provide the comfort a human would.