Are We Heading In The Right Direction With Developments Like “Smart Wife”?
You might be already aware that all the AI voice assistants have default female voices, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Apple’s Siri. With the millennials, it was noted that the vast majority of the youth were interested in investing in sex robots for men. The trend is similar when it comes to the developers of such devices or AI applications where the majority of the developers are men.
In the IT world, gender equality in the workplace is going backwards. There were twice as many women in the workplace 30 years ago than what it is now. With most men being more comfortable with women (or their voice) portrayed as assistants than men, the names behind the voices are also designed to be feminine. Recently, developers have given users the option to change to a male voice in an attempt to bridge the gender gap.
A Japanese smart tech giant has produced a smart wife with “bride characteristics” and named it Azuma Hikari. By advertising it as a smart wife, they are promoting the patriarchal idea that women are nothing more than housekeepers. Similarly, a sex robot created by U.S. company RealDoll, Harmony sexbot, comes with various features that are smart and appealing to men. The horrific part about it is that it promotes non-consensual sex.
In short, smart wives hark back to nostalgic stereotypes that people are now being told (through smart tech marketing) that they deserve and should desire.
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