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The U.N. Says Your Digital Personal Assistant Is A Sexist Pig.

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The U.N. Says Your Digital Personal Assistant Is A Sexist Pig.

The U.N. Says Your Digital Personal Assistant Is A Sexist Pig.
June 21
15:42 2019

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As if there aren’t enough real problems in the world, the United Nations is now complaining about Siri and Alexa.

Many of us are still getting used to Artificial Intelligence (AI) on our many digital devices, while others are handling the new technology like Captain Kirk on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Me, I readily admit that I fall into the former group, and when I first encountered Siri a few years back, I immediately started asking her embarrassing, juvenile questions that would make any 10-year-old boy proud.

What can I tell you? It was fun, and it’s still fun, even during these advanced years of mine. It brings me back to my grammar school days when a substitute teacher would ask for a written attendance sheet, and half the boys wrote “Dick Hertz” while the other half wrote “Mike Hunt.”

I’ll never understand why the girls never wrote anything humorous at all like they were missing the funny gene or something. I chalked this up to vive la différence, and I’ve lived my life since then by this guiding philosophy, that boys and girls are simply different.

Apparently, the U.N. doesn’t think so, and these wonderful folks who gave us worldwide conflict, famine, tyranny, stupidity, corruption, anti-semitism, unpaid parking tickets, and socialism want us to think their way.

A recent report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sheds “light” on this dreadful influence of silicon misogyny. I never thought that asking Siri how large her breasts were was an example of me hating women, but what do I know? Surely, the U.N. knows better!

The report is entitled I’d blush If I Could, which was Siri’s old response to someone calling her a “bitch.” I myself never got nasty with Siri, only naughty, and she always coquettly demurred and refused to directly answer my question if I was out of line.

Apple has since changed Siri’s response to “provocative” requests and insults such as this to, “I don’t know how to answer that,” and don’t you and your family feel a lot safer now that they’ve done it!? I believe that Amazon changed Alexa’s response to, “I’m gonna wash your damn mouth out with soap, you stupid loser!”

The core of this big “problem” is that virtual assistants are all female, which is kind of strange when you consider that Hal from 2001 Space Odyssey, more or less the first ever, wasn’t. It would appear that in the real 2001 and beyond, we want women speaking to us and hearing from the Artificial World in a friendly female voice and point of view. If this isn’t the case, the tech companies will surely develop devices that offer alternate gender “bias” (without the U.N. telling them to), if the market for this is actually there. However, after 75 years, don’t expect the U.N. to all of a sudden understand free market capitalism.

“It is a ‘Me Too’ moment,” says Saniye Gülser Corat, Director of UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality.” Yes, the U.N. actually has a division for gender equality, and if you take a look at Iran and a dozen other countries in the region, you can see what a bang-up job they’re doing!

“We have to make sure that the Artificial Intelligence we produce and that we use pays attention to gender equality,” she insists, and perhaps that’s not a battle worth fighting for many of us. I don’t have a big problem with her initial premise; I have a major problem with the seriousness of the issue that she’s falsely magnifying, and I totally disregard the U.N.’s involvement and their ability to do anything right.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to ask Siri whether she likes it on top or bottom, while there’s still time.

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  1. Bob Gummz
    Bob Gummz June 22, 19:35

    I set mine to speak with an Australian male voice. It’s not that difficult. I fail to see the humor in asking a machine how big its breasts are or if it likes being on top or on bottom. But maybe it’s because I’m not in junior high anymore. Or maybe because I can get a date when I want one.

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    • Sherm
      Sherm June 22, 20:17

      Hey Bob Gummz, why don’t you remove that stick from your ass and develop a sense of humor. Come down from that politically correct cloud you’re on and join the rest of us in junior high school. Oh…and your left hand doesn’t count as a date. Great article.

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