Hear what a genderless AI voice sounds like—and consider why it matters

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
March 22 2019
Lila MacLellan (creator)
Virtue Nordic (contributor)
Ryan Sherman (contributor)
Emil Asmussen (contributor)
Kristina Hultgren (contributor)
Leah Fessler (contributor)
Persuasive Intent

A coalition of activists, linguists, ad makers, and sound engineers has created what it claims is the first genderless AI voice for virtual assistants, and is asking for the public to help get the word out.

Or rather, its pleasant voice, named Q, is issuing the call.

“Think of me like Siri or Alexa, but neither male, nor female. I’m created for a future where we are no longer defined by gender, but rather how we define ourselves,” Q says in the promotional video seen below. “But for me to become a third option for voice assistance, I need your help,” it continues. “Share my voice with Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. And together we can ensure that technology recognizes us all.”

HCI Platform
Location on Body
Not On The Body

Date archived
May 20 2019
Last edited
May 20 2019
How to cite this entry
Lila MacLellan. (March 22 2019). "Hear what a genderless AI voice sounds like—and consider why it matters". Quartz. Quartz. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/3886