Hey everyone. I realize it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog. It’s not that I haven’t been writing. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. I’ve been writing a lot I just haven’t had the time to let you in on my whereabouts. I’ll get to that eventually, I promise.
On that note, here’s a recent article I wrote for Kill Screen.
This is one of the first articles I’ve successfully pitched to a publication from scratch, so I’m proud of it in that regard. It also goes to show that the most throwaway thought could turn into an article.
I also just like what Kill Screen named it. “Dulcet Tones of Doom” has quite a ring to it.
It started with the phone operators, feminine voices exuding charm at the end of the line and wanting nothing more than to direct your call. World War II saw these women utilized in airplane cockpits because theyappealed the most to men. Years down the road, a similar voice is used to direct your car, your trip, and your everyday life thanks to Apple’s Siri and the mainstream use of GPS.
These disembodied female assistants are such an ingrained part of our culture that their gender is an afterthought. Studies, according to a CNN article in 2011, have shown that people prefer a female voice more than a male one, probably thanks to a connection we make first in the womb to our mother’s voice. Male AIs are used to convey authority (see movie trailers and HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey), while female voices primarily depict user-friendly, more motherly interfaces.