Robots are the most powerful blank slate humans have ever created. A robot is a mirror held up not just to its creator, but to our whole species: What we make of the machine reflects what we are. That also means we have the very real opportunity to screw up robots by infusing them with exaggerated, overly simplified gender stereotypes. "I think of it more as a funhouse mirror," says Julie Carpenter, who studies human-robot interaction. "It's very distorted, especially right now when we're still being introduced to the idea of robots, especially real humanoid robots that exist in the world outside of science fiction."
Talk to Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa and you'll notice a common trait: They both have female voices. While this can help make robotic assistants more relatable and natural to converse with, it has assigned a gender to a technology that's otherwise genderless. Now, researchers are hoping to offer a new alternative by launching what they're calling the world's first'genderless voice.' To create'Q', researchers recorded voices from participants who identify as non-binary, or neither exclusively female nor male. Researchers then tested the voice on 4,600 people across Europe.
I don't know much about French but I think they have some kind of weird system based on 20s. Which by the way also Danish has. If your stereotype of German is long words, you won't be disappointed. But I also think that fascination is somewhat misguided -- German (and many languages like Swedish) just compounds words when other languages would put a space in between. But anyway, speaking of stereotypes, look at the regularity of this chart.
A typical after-work scene at my house goes something like this. She chimes, then lights up. My husband says the persistent disconnect between me and Alexa is my fault--I need to pause more, speak more clearly, and maybe throw in a "please" now and then. But not long after she moved in--a necessary sidekick, I was told, to the new sound system he had installed--I started getting the feeling she preferred Bob over me, no matter how polite I was (although often I wasn't). Once she started piping up every time someone in the house called my name ("Alyssa!"),
"I'm extremely grateful to be able to represent Wallace State Community College, the state and the SkillsUSA members across the nation as a National SkillsUSA Officer," Key said. "It meant a lot that our student delegates trusted me and my fellow National Officer Team to lead and represent them. It truly is a dream come true not only to be a National SkillsUSA Officer, but to be the first one to represent Wallace State. I hope to be able to bring all of the knowledge I gain from this adventure back to the Wallace State SkillsUSA chapter."