If you use an AI-enabled voice assistant, then there’s a probability that it’s in a female voice. Although there is always a way to convert it into a male voice, the core technology is designed in such a way that it is one of the two socially accepted ‘genders’.
In order to overcome gender paradigm, a project by creative studio Nordic and the human rights festival Copenhagen Pride, in partnership with social scientist Julie Carpenter, has given rise to what is known as world’s first genderless AI voice, called Q.
On the contrary, existing Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google, all of which have default female voice guides, indexing reminders, shutting down your lights, playing music, and so on, Q is trying to fix the set definitions when it comes to tasks executed by the digital assistants.
As per the latest technology reports, Q solves a real problem that happens when technology fails to represent everyone. For example, Siri, who is having a female voice for ages can’t be gender neutral.
In order to develop Q, researchers took samples of many real voices from non-binary people, combined them digitally, and created a master voice that revolves between 145 Hz and 175 Hz, in between men and women- regulating vocal ranges.
Developers used a real-human response to tune the voice at a gender-neutral point. Developers are now inviting technical firms to cooperate and offer Q as the third option for Siri and Alexa.