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Plays for playthings
Have software that speaks playlike plot action suggestions aloud, then have children improvise dialog and actions for dolls
A child has some dolls to play with. They make up
and dialog with their friends surrounding the dolls and
Improve this! Have a software thing like an echo dot
which toys are in use and then have it say plot
developments like "Marge drops Lisa off at the ballet
instead of soccer by accident" or "the bird takes off Bart's
hat" and then the kids voluntarily improvise dialog and
toy motions from the suggestions.
The idea is that the children bring more kinds of new
things to their play. There is even room for adults to
the plot movements with flagrantly prosocial things like
"Lisa goes to the library and gets a book. She finds a
ticket inside!" "Barbie [uses the play garage] to get her
changed, but she says its too much and does it herself",
"Bart shows the doctor a picture he drew when he gets a
They could measure the children's happiness while they
develop the software. I do not know if one suggestion
every three minutes or once a minute (a tighter play)
would cause greater enjoyment. Cameras and audio on
test children could figure out what they like.
It could actually be measured and adjusted to increase
creativity, with the number of novel words or divergent
ideas the child generates measured. This way it is a toy
actually increases and practices creativity.
||"Jules Winnfield lifts the lid of the briefcase ..."
||"Ed Gentry is told to 'Squeal like a pig !' ..."
||"The xenomorph bursts out of Kane's chest, spraying blood and viscera ..."
||This seems like you've discovered an
underdeveloped market at the moment with some
really serious potential. As a parent, I'm not sure how
I feel about the whole 'Alexa, play with my kid'
aspect, but in truth my kids get too much iPad time
doing nothing but looking at stupid toy videos, so go
||If I were you, I'd write to Bezos and company with a
||I'll write the software for a 50% cut
||If you cut 50% off a child, it doesn't work very well afterwards.
||On the other hand, you might get a good price for some of the internal organs, for transplantation.