One story I remember, but can't find at the moment concerned a child with a loved toy that had a voice chip in it. The problem was that this voice chip delivered government approved ideas (propaganda) to the child as it drifted off to sleep with the intention of brainwashing the child to be a perfect cold-war citizen as an adult.
When I read in New Scientist:
It is a poor substitute for the real thing, but the US government is hoping a 'virtual parent' could provide emotional support for the children of servicemen and women while they are away on active duty.I was immediately reminded of this story, as I feel that the virtual parent will deliver pretty much only officially approved messages to the child.
The Department of Defense is soliciting proposals for a computer program that would enable young children to interact with a virtual version of their parent.
No need to wonder how Dick would have felt about this, but at least he wouldn't have been surprised.