“Even artificial intelligence robots face stereotypical sexism in the workplace”
As the New York Times pointed out
last year, various email inbox assistants are called
Clara, Amy, Julie, Crystal, Jeannie, Cloe, Dawn, and Donna.
Siri, Alexa, help desk robo-voices and our GPS navigation
systems all perform what are essentially service tasks,
administrative roles typically associated with women.
People prefer to hear a masculine-sounding voice
from a leader, according to research —
so Watson got a male voice.
The Spot also includes Amazon's ESP feature,
so that only the Echo device closest to you
will respond to your command
(key if you're living
with multiple Alexa
devices under one roof).
(Little) Henry also said the cool thing about Alexa
is that “she is one of those kind of electronics
that gets smarter and smarter the more you use her.”
“Even artificial intelligence robots face stereotypical sexism in the workplace” borrows its title from a news article of the same name by Olivia Goldhill published on May 15, 2016 on www.qz.com. Lines from several other pieces by Ry Crist, Kurt Schlosser, Chandra Steele and Marie Glenn are borrowed for this poem.
Sources Directly Cited
Even artificial intelligence robots face stereotypical sexism in the workplace. By Olivia Goldhill, May 15, 2016.
Boy meets artificial girl: My son got an Echo Dot, and here’s what he’s saying to Amazon’s Alexa. By Kurt Schlosser, March 20, 2017.
The Real Reason Voice Assistants Are Female (and Why it Matters). By Chandra Steele, January 29, 2018.
Few good men: Why is the growing population of AI voices predominantly female? By Marie Glenn, March 2, 2017. https://www.ibm.com/blogs/insights-on-business/ibmix/good-men-growing-population-ai-voices- predominantly-female/