Social United Nations: "AI's female voice assistants fuel sexist gender stereotypes"

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  1. Arkain2K

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    Just in case anyone is wondering what kind of important work are being done over at the UNESCO headquarters these days to ensure world peace.
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    United Nations: AI voice assistants fuel sexist gender stereotypes
    By Marisa Dellatto | May 22, 2019​

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    Hey Siri, is this sexist?

    A new study from the United Nations says that female AI assistants reinforce harmful gender stereotypes.

    Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa all come with female voices, though most offer the choice of switching to a male voice setting. The UN report states that when asked, these technologies say they are genderless — but they clearly have female names and voices.

    “Because the speech of most voice assistants is female, it sends a signal that women are obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’ or ‘OK’. The assistant holds no power of agency beyond what the commander asks of it,” the report reads. “It honors commands and responds to queries regardless of their tone or hostility. In many communities, this reinforces commonly held gender biases that women are subservient and tolerant of poor treatment.”

    Many tech companies have chosen female voices over male ones because women are seen as “helpful,” while men’s voices are seen as “authoritative.” The report says that tech companies are just giving their users what they prefer, but by doing so they are further enhancing these prevalent sexist ideals.

    It doesn’t help that AI developers are mostly male. The lack of women in the field creates an inherent bias within the technology, the UN reports.

    Another glaring issue with female voices is how they respond to blatant sexual harassment, the study says. Many of the inquiries thrown at these AI assistants are of a sexual nature. But because the responses are scripted by a majority-male staff, the answers are met with flirty, fun jabs instead of shutdowns, reinforcing the idea that these statements are part of everyday conversation and not forms of harassment.

    “When asked, ‘Who’s your daddy?’, Siri answered, ‘You are’. When a user proposed marriage to Alexa, it said, ‘Sorry, I’m not the marrying type’. If asked on a date, Alexa responded, ‘Let’s just be friends’. Similarly, Cortana met come-ons with one-liners like ‘Of all the questions you could have asked…,’ ” the report explains.

    As a solution, the paper recommends tech giants focus on removing these feminine tropes from their work and striving to build a “genderless” voice assistant instead.

    https://nypost.com/2019/05/22/ai-voice-assistants-fuel-sexist-gender-stereotypes-un-study/
     
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  2. Rygu

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    I stopped reading at United Nations.
     
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    If it was a male voice they'd accuse it of mansplaining, so who cares.
     
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    God forbid people start thinking women are useful and know shit. Next thing you know they'll be wanting to let them vote.
     
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    You really correlate thinking women are useless and an AI voice?

    Must be a fun mindset to have.
     
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    It was a pretty obvious joke but the U.N. seems to really think so. Did you read the article?
     
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    Yeah i did, it's a bunch of virtue signaling nonsense by a joke of an "intergovernmental organization". It's an AI voice. It's not a real person. It has no real world effect on anything.
     
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    Its common sci-fi sense

    Female AI, fun and helpful assistant.

    Male AI, prone to malfunction and murder.
     
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    Finally. I was getting pretty triggered by a female voice telling me what direction to go on the road, with that uppity know it all tone in her voice.

    Gimme AI Jamal.

    "Yo, just take a left up here, bruh."
     
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    It's true........If you truly think about it, it's weird how we have decided to give AI, female voices...


    Now I don't think they did it because they think women are just for assistance but they probably used marketing/focus groups and most of them like the female voice thus the corporations went with what people would like the most so they could maximize profits.


    You could make an argument that the only reason those focus groups liked the female voice better was because they are sexist(subconsciously most likely) thus they appreciate a women assistant, more than a male assistant.


    Also this means Society is sexist against men....It's clear that the reason a male assistant isn't the default setting, is because men telling you what to do seems as "authoritative"......So it's sexist to both sexes if you think about it.
     
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    I wonder what Alexa identifies as, having so many ports.....

    If two Alexi fuck each other in their battery ports, are they engaging in Battplay?
     
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    Yeah I wouldn’t want a male-voiced assistant though. I’m the customer, end of story.
     
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    smh @ assuming an inanimate program's gender!
     
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    Of course. Women were made to be helpers. The UN should be burned
     

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