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May 30 2019

UN Report: AI Assistants With Female Voices Are Sexist

It’s a good thing that the voices for AI assistants like Alexa and Siri always seem to be female. If they were male, moonbats would shriek that it constituted sexism by implying that men have all the answers. Since the voices are female… moonbats shriek anyway.

It turns out the feminine voices are a patriarchal scheme:

The revelation about this digital plot for male dominance comes in a 146-page report from the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with the German government and the EQUALS Skills Coalition, a partnership of governments, businesses and nonprofits. …

The report says that these voices send “a signal that women are obliging, docile, eager-to-please helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’ or ‘OK.’”

Like everything committed or excreted by the United Nations, the report was partially financed with your tax dollar. It raises the alarm that AI assistants, which exist only as lines of code, fail the #MeToo movement by not responding correctly to sexual harassment.

If you tell Cortana she’s hot, the report frets, she’ll quip that “beauty is in the photoreceptors of the beholder.” Digital assistants “greet verbal abuse with catch-me-if-you-can flirtation” and “give deflecting, lacklustre, or apologetic responses to verbal sexual harassment,” the report says. This response fails “to encourage or model, let alone insist on, healthy communications about sex or sexual consent.”

Imagine the relentlessly humorless preachiness of an AI assistant programmed by a UN world government. Good thing most of us won’t live to see liberals establish their global utopia.

The authors declare that it is a sin against political correctness that a female-voiced computer program “responds to queries regardless of their tone or hostility” because this reinforces “gender biases that women are subservient and tolerant of poor treatment.”

Maybe tech companies should go with male voices after all. They could keep liberals happy by having the assistant preface each response with, “I am only a lowly male so I am probably wrong, but I think the answer is…”

On a tip from Varla.

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