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Let's discuss gender defaults for Smart Speakers and implications for robots

“Female voice assistants fuel damaging gender stereotypes, says UN study”
https://tinyurl.com/y4ryu4dq

What do you think of the default voice being a female voice on the Google Home and Amazon Echo platforms, and the mostly passive responses to demanding or rude user behavior?
What are the possible implications for Misty being gendered as female?

Saw that story yesterday. Is something we’ve discussed at Misty for the better part of the last two years. You can change voice defaults on most platforms and we expect folks to do the same with Misty (who may not come with any voice—but rather be connected to one of the other services)