Anki Drive and the coming rise of intelligent toys

So there is this new toy called the Anki Drive: basically old-fashioned scalextric (racing cars on a track) combined with an iPhone. It doesn’t sound that exciting at first – just lets you add little things like “shooting missiles” at the other cars to make it a bit more video game-esque.

But the real exciting thing? The iPhone also controls the other cars autonomously, giving each an aggressive, cooperative, etc personality.

Yes: this car gives children the gift of multiple competitive artificial intelligences with unique personalities, as if that is no big deal. Next up: drone friends? Commercialized artificial intelligence in, well,  everything is on its way.

Merry Christmas.