Why Artificial Intelligence usually has a female voice

Siri, Cortana and Google Now have a lot more in common than just the same job description. For one, their default voice is female. A quick scan through the history of tech, in fiction and in real life, and you’ll also notice a bias towards the female gender when giving a voice to interactive technology. From text-to-speech apps, to GPS systems, and now voice assistants, they are predominantly voiced by women. So, what’s the rationale behind this consistency? Is there actual science informing this decision or is it years and years of deeply embedded sexism? The short answer is a bit of both. Several studies have shown that the female voice is generally more pleasing than the male (generally, being the key word). One Professor Nass from Stanford University, who…


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