Last week, my children’s favorite aunt, who works in marketing for Mattel, gave my 7-year-old daughter a brilliant toy called Fijit. Fijit is a 9-inch-tall robot that talks to kids, tells them jokes ("Why was Cinderella such a poor soccer player? Because she kept running away from the ball!"), dances to music that you play and then asks, "What do you want to do now?"
Needless to say, Fijit has provided my kids with hours of entertainment. As I’ve watched them engage in conversation with this plastic, computerized toy, I’ve realized how much it mimics the human interaction that can happen between doctors and their patients.