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  • Siri: Female Voices Are More Pleasant, Helpful, And Easily Understood than Male Voices

    Caroline Bock, DPA|May 29, 2019

    Why are all the voice assistants female? Why Siri, a Scandinavian female name? And why Alexa and not Alexander? "Voice assistants are the maidservants of our time," remarks Holger Schulz, a professor of musicology and head of the Sound Studies Lab at the University of Copenhagen, in a recent segment on the culture programme of the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk. "The digital maidservants in today's world solidify and perpetuate gender hierarchies, unequal treatment and exploitation....