Whilst Siri was the first mainstream voice assistant many of us became familiar with, there are many personal AI's coming onto the market to make our lives that little bit easier. Google Assistant which was initially released in 2016 is ‘your own personal google’ - you can ask it questions, tell it to do things, and now it can even identify what song you’re listening to on the radio similar to Shazam. The AI, which can be found on Google’s Android phones and GoogleHome, is also one of the only voice assistants that hasn’t been given a female name or exclusively a female voice, breaking the gender stereotypes of digital assistants being female helpers. After all, ‘ if we’re ordering our machines around so casually, why do so many of them have to have women’s names?’ As AI assistants become more prevalent in homes as well as on mobile devices, as a society are we bound to become reliant on such assistants?
Topics: Virtual Assistant Summit