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.
"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."
This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. Wilhelmina Delco learned to swim at 80. Harold Berman is in his 67th year practicing law. Mildred Walston spent 76 years on the job at a candy company. And brothers Joe and Warren Barger are finding new spots in their respective homes for the gold medals they've just earned in track-and-field events at the National Senior Games. These octogenarians and nonagenarians may not be widely known outside their local communities, but just as their more famous peers -- think Carl Reiner, Betty White, Dr. Ruth (Westheimer) or Tony Bennett -- the thread that binds them is not the year on their birth certificate but the way they live.