Where Is Siri's Twin Brother Sori?

Aeryn Lynne
In Search Of Sori, Siri's Twin.

Oh sorry, I'm looking for Sori. Or more to the point, why are the popular digital assistants feminized? I have LG's Voice Mate on hand, and it's definitely female. If there's a way to make it sound male, I haven't figured it out yet. I asked it "How do I change your voice?" this afternoon, and it counter-asked me, "Uh, do you want to sing a duet?" Erm yes, that's possibly the only reason why I'd want to change your pitch dear Voice Mate. I didn't really question this lack of choice until finding out that Windows 10's version of a digital assistant, known as "Cortana", will very much be female too. Looking for Sori comes with a whole slew of gender-biased questions, such as, "Why sexualize your digital assistant?" Yet we all iconically know Apple's Siri as being a "she" (Big Bang Theory anyone? Raj tried to date Siri,) and "Cortana" has been referenced as "she" in recent Microsoft videos.

If you are comfortable with a "she" digital assistant, cool! Go you. Personally, if I could have my pick from a group of digital assistants that can't sue me for sexism, I'd rather choose an assistant that is more "he". I think. Maybe. I actually don't know, 'cause I don't have the choice; but I agree much with @BrazenWoman sentiment:

Does it really matter if your digital assistant is a she? No. Does it matter if your assistant can only be a she? Yes baby, you bet. You want to know why? Because, gentlemen, the role of "assistant" does not fall solely as "woman's work," and not everyone prefers a female digital slave that will answer all your inane questions without snarking back, "Why don't you just Google it?"

And I do vaguely remember there being a discussion of Siri going for a deeper, more male, pitch... did it happen? This non-Apple techie would love to know!

In the meantime, could the digital Assistant market please catch up and put JARVIS inside my phone, and tablet and desktop... and my fridge? I would love my alarm clock to be an easy, "It's now 7am, Aeryn, time to wake up and enjoy this snow day," instead of the blaring noise akin to a fire alarm.

I guess the bottom line is, I want to be more like pre-Age of Ultron Tony Stark and have a British butler at hand.

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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