World’s first genderless voice created to stop ‘exclusion’ of non-binary users by assistants like Alexa

World's first genderless voice created to stop 'exclusion' of non-binary users by assistants like Alexa

The world’s first genderless voice has been created for use in virtual assistants to end what its creators claim is the “exclusion” of non-binary users by products such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.

Named Q, the invention is also hoped to stop people giving orders to a digital device that often responds in a woman’s voice, which its designers say can reinforce sexist stereotypes.

“There is no reason why we need to reproduce old-fashioned human notions in new technologies,” said Professor Gina Neff, associate professor at the Department of Sociology at Oxford University. 

“These initiatives that may seem frivolous to some, can reach a few people who might have otherwise felt erased from the…

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