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Alexa, Siri, Cortana: The problem with all-female digital assistants

Men and women may prefer female voices, but it's about time we had more male options

Joanna Stern | WSJ 

Over on Greek Row is the Delta Phi AI sorority. They don’t sip boxed wine or throw carwash fundraisers; instead they learn responses to every single question humankind throws at them, from weather reports to a calculation of pi to the 65th digit.   Notable members include Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant and the newly elected chapter president, Alexa. They have tried to arrange keggers with the Ro-bro fraternity, but it only had one member: IBM’s Watson. Sad.   You get the point: The virtual assistants popping up in our lives sound overwhelmingly female. ...

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Men and women may prefer female voices, but it's about time we had more male options

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