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Project Q must provide a gender-neutral voting assistant

Sometimes voice assistants can sound predominantly feminine or masculine: Project Q must ultimately become a gender-neutral alternative. The voice of Q is recorded by people who do not identify themselves as male or female.

Project Q: gender-neutral voice assistant

You could claim that the majority of the available voice assistants sound predominantly feminine, which also makes them sound feminine is referred to by the words 'she' or 'her'. And that while it is actually the voice of a computer; an object that is neither male nor female. Researchers from van Copenhagen Pride are now working on Project Q: a gender-neutral alternative to a voice assistant that should sound neither male nor female. This voice has been recorded by people who do not identify themselves as male or female.

The purpose of Project Q is that we do not continue to reinforce stereotypes about the people who do a lot at home. By continuing to tinker with the voice, and keeping the frequency between the 145 and 175 hertz, the researchers have succeeded in creating a voice that, according to 4,600 people, sounds gender neutral. You can hear the result in the video above. Usually voices from voice assistants are based on the type of voice that makes us feel comfortable, but unfortunately this can encourage stereotyping that is subsequently strengthened.

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