Barbie says “Hello” to the Future of IxD

NYTimes recently published a well-composed article on Mattel’s new Barbie, a watershed of interaction design, a Spielberg movie come to life.

Barbie will soon incorporate digital interaction, be connected to the cloud, enable “conversation” via AI and machine learning, and act in a personalized way that recognizes each child and creates a “relationship”.

It raises important questions about technology, designing a world we want to live in, the responsibility of interaction designers, and what we should teach to prepare students for this world.