The voice assistant, 被称为 “问,” is located at the FUTURES exhibit and the Smithsonian’s 网站 describes it as a voice that “was synthesized by combining recordings of people who identify variously as male, 女, 变性人, or nonbinary.”
“By mixing multiple voices together, Q’s makers have created a voice ‘for a future where we are no longer defined by gender, but rather by how we define ourselves,’” the website says.
The genderless voice system was developed over the last few years by a Danish company called Virtue Nordic and it describes itself as “like Siri or Alexa but without the gender.”
The FUTURES exhibit, located in Washington, 直流. at the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, had its grand opening on November 20 and its sponsors include Ford, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Comcast NBC Universal, and the NFL.