Encouraging More Inclusivity In Smart Technology, The World’s First Genderless Voice Assistant Has Been Developed.
You might have noticed that most voice assistants are women.
With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the rapid deployment of AI, it should come as no surprise that technology is hardwiring sexism into our future.
However, Q, a genderless voice is the world’s first of the kind was created to dismiss gender bias in tech. It was developed by a team of technologists, linguists, and sound designers. The group recorded voice of people who identify as female, transgender, or male, and even non-binary for those who don’t fit as characteristically male or female.
In order to come up with this voice, the team worked on a test with 4,600 people where they were asked to rate the voices with 1 being male and 5 being female. This test helped the team understand a frequency range that was genderless or gender-neutral.
The reason behind most voice assistants being given female names and voices is because studies show that people prefer a male voice regarding authority and a female one regarding assistance. This is a small but good step towards inclusivity.
The robots and voice assistants are seen as sexist because the data used in machine learning reflects on human behavior. Q is doing a great job in challenging gender stereotypes and working towards diversity and inclusivity.
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