Researchers have created the first ‘non binary’ or genderless artificial intelligence voice – Q – in an effort to battle problems including stereotyping.
Many assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa default to female voices – and research has shown people find those reassuring.
But a group of researchers is launching the first ‘non binary’ personal assistant – with a ‘genderless’ voice.
It was created by Copenhagen Pride, working with the Equal AI equality campaign and a creative agency, Vice.
The resarchers recorded the voices of people who identify as non-binary altered the pitch – and tested the result on 4,500 people.
Julie Carpenter, one of the researchers behind Project Q said, ‘Q adds to a global discussion about who is designing gendered technology, why those choices are made, and how people feed into expectations about things like trustworthiness, intelligence, and reliability of a technology based on cultural biases rooted in their belief system about groups of people.
‘Q is a step forward in true innovation because it forces a critical examination of these belief systems.’