The Surprising Hazards of Sounding Like a Robot

Hillary Clinton is not a robot, but seeming like one might be her biggest political liability. There’s precedent for that: His pre-programmed demeanor doomed Marco Rubio to an onslaught of Donald Trump punches that all seemed to land. For Hillbot, the glitches —- that characteristic pinching of her fingers into the Clinton thumb, the over-determined smiling, and the heavily scripted policy speeches, and most of all — are less of a problem than the UI. Her voice is called robotic with incredible frequency. It’s a sexist criticism and should be called out as such. But it’s more than that. It’s indicative of our current cultural obsession with robot spotting, the same one fueling the enthusiasm with the new HBO series Westworld. That show is about androids — some disguised, some…

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