Rise of the Misfit Toys

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I had a teddy bear when I was growing up, a “Mike” by Standard. Remember those? The ones that got recalled when they started getting depressed? Yeah, it sounds weird to have a depressed toy, doesn’t it? It used to happen all the time though, with some of the early AIs. And really, depressed was the best you could hope for. You heard stories of manic ones, angry ones, maybe even psychotic ones, but they were probably just urban legends–you know, like the “finger in a Coke can” stories. If it was true, I always wondered what they did with them all. What do you do with thousands of emotionally disturbed children’s toys?

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