Bot! zine - Issue #30

Cataloging the world of friendly online bots. Please consider supporting the project at botwiki.org/a
Bot! zine - Issue #30
By Bot! zine • Issue #30
Cataloging the world of friendly online bots. Please consider supporting the project at botwiki.org/about/support :-)

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A few months ago, a pair of grown (but not necessarily grown-up) men discovered that Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa swears. You can use her Simon Says command to make her say “crap.” They also found that if you try to make her say “shit,” she’ll do it but bleep herself out.
In 1990, Jakob Nielsen developed 10 usability heuristics for evaluating user interfaces.
“Notably, Amazon’s Alexa, x.ai’s Amy, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana have something else in common: they are all explicitly gendered as female. It’s possible to choose from a range of voices for Siri—either male or female, with American, British, or Australian accents—but the female voice is the default, and defaults being what they are, most people probably never even consider that the voice can be changed.”
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