Why Are Digital Assistants Like Siri Given Female Voices?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — An interesting question came up Saturday at the MIT Tech Conference on artificial intelligence: “Why are most ‘serving’ machines given female voices?” The query, which was asked anonymously via the app Pigeonhole, came up during a discussion on “Life in 2025.” That panel featured an all-male lineup with representatives from Microsoft, Samsung, Carnegie Mellon University and the startup X.AI.It was that final company that appeared to be the pointed target of the question. X.AI is behind an “AI powered personal assistant for scheduling meetings” named Amy by default. Amy is currently in beta, but “she” is supposed to be smart enough to coordinate meetings between two people via email. You CC “her” email address on an exchange with someone else, “she” checks your calendar and then “she”…

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