Not once have I ever heard anyone of either sex state that what the world needs now is a genderless AI voice. Despite this, Silicon Valley social justice warriors are hell-bent on finding a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.
An article in Wired tells the story of the dramatic debut of the genderless AI voice known as “Q.”
How many people in the world speak in a “genderless” manner? Is such a thing even possible? And why would anyone want to hear such a weird tone anyway?
Never mind that there’s already an option for users to change those female voices to male voices if they so choose. Lost in the supposed clamour for a genderless AI voice is the fact that the majority of men – AND WOMEN – prefer to listen to a female AI voice!
The duo behind Q, Emil Asmussen and Ryan Sherman, sampled several real voices from non-binary people and digitally combined them to create one master voice that cruises between 145 Hz and 175 Hz, which is apparently the sweet spot between male and female-normative vocal ranges.
And voila, we now have the first non-binary genderless voice to eliminate supposed sexism in the artificial voice community... that no one was complaining about in the first place.
But it’s 2019, after all, which makes me really pine for 1969 when the scientific community was successful in pulling off that technological achievement of the millennium called putting a man on the moon.
How the hell did we go from that cosmic accomplishment for the ages to the brainiacs developing “genderless” artificial intelligence voices?