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Alexa, are you male or female? 'Sexist' virtual assistants go gender-neutral

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Interesting research, but I'm willing to bet that the major tech firms have already researched and studied the preferences of their user base which led them to create the AI voices currently used. Part of their research like probably dealt with the concepts of identity, authority, and the audio uncanny valley.

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Some people WANT a gendered AI device. That last thing I want is a device that is "confused" about their "gender". It's a robot, a computer. I get to decide what it is.

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It's not easy to create a genderless voice because no sich thing exists. Voices either belong to someone male or female--good god this is getting ridiculous. Sjw culture strikes again.

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It's not easy to create a genderless voice because no sich thing exists. Voices either belong to someone male or female--good god this is getting ridiculous. Sjw culture strikes again.

How dare they create something you don't like.

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How dare they create something you don't like.

Actually, it's the other way around. You don't like it that alexa has the voice of a woman.

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I never considered alexa could be an outlet for my sexual gratification. I can't wait to dim the lights and bark orders, misogynistic comments, and more at alexa.

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Make it an option, fine. If people really need to hear a gender neutral voice to not feel threatened, that's their problem. As long as I still can choose for myself what I want to hear.

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No male or no female it was gay. Gay was between male and female, so it was gender-neutral. That's why it voice like a gay.

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That sucks....

How am i going to tell "Q" to get back in the kitchen ?

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My Siri has a lovely soft, UK-accented male voice that I like. Apple lets me choose what Siri sounds like. Isn't that better than a nondescript, 'neutral' neither-this-nor-that voice?

Though I suppose they could offer Q as a choice. I wonder what kind of accent it has.

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I guess someone will install Alexia/Siri into a Sex bot and then we will have a more realistic discussion.

I'd like to be able to change the name by which I call out to these devices, make it configurable... reminds me of Startrek IV, where "Scottie" picks up the Computer's mouse and speaks to it "Hello Computer....", that would be a nice function to have.

"Computer" - tell me the Weather today

Ah... perhaps an Open source project.

I bet the names "Alexia" and "Siri" have already been copyrighted so if you were to name your own Kids with those names, you'd suddenly be faced with Legal action from those respective Corporations !!!!

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