Education, Skills and Learning

This is what a genderless AI voice sounds like - and why it matters

A September 2, 2005 combination of two file photos shows silhouettes of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as he speaks to shipyard workers in Wismar August 22, 2005, and Angela Merkel, Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) top candidate for the upcoming general elections (L) during her speech at an election campaign rally in Karlsruhe August 31, 2005. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder gets a last chance to turn around his troubled election campaign on Sunday when he confronts his conservative rival Angela Merkel in a U.S.-style TV debate that will lure viewers across Germany. TO ACCOMPANY STORY GERMANY-ELECTION-DEBATE REUTERS/Alex Grimm and Christian Charisius/file photos  CHA/AA - RP6DRMZZXUAB

Why do our virtual assistants need a gender? Image: REUTERS/Alex Grimm and Christian Charisius

Lila MacLellan
Reporter, Quartz New York
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