We may build our biases, as well as our virtues, into our creations.“The thinking is that the best bots are as close to humans as possible,” says Dror Oren, the chief product officer and co-founder of Kasisto.Technically, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana identify as genderless.
Calling Siri “a bitch” still elicits a mild rebuke or less: “Now, now” or, remarkably, “I’d blush if I could.” Or in response to “Siri how old are you?
Mortensen says has found users show a preference for selecting the opposite sex when picking assistants (females choose “Andrew,” and men pick “Amy”, although they sometimes switch) and quickly revert to gendered pronouns despite the two bots speaking in precisely the same way.
“Our AI interaction designers are both female,” he wrote by email.
For those who have given up on the opposite sex, or just fancy something a bit novel, why not try a sexbot?
Maybe the chat’s a bit boring, but at least they look like your favourite movie star – or even your ex (stalker alert).
In a Quartz analysis earlier this year by my colleague Leah Fessler, Google and Cortana were the most likely to respond to harassment with incomprehension or a web search while Siri and Alexa were more likely to evade the question or even respond positively.