Episode 19: "Siri, play me that episode about digital assistants. Please."
Hosts: Anna Reser, Leila McNeill, and Rebecca Ortenberg
Guest: Hilary Bergen
Producer: Leila McNeill
Music: Careful! by Zombie Dandies
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In this episode, the hosts discuss the historical figure of the secretary as the precursor to modern digital assistants and the importance of the female voice in these devices. Researcher Hilary Bergen joins the conversation to talk about how the use of female voices in digital assistants contributes to the erasure of women’s labor.
Women’s Work: The Feminization and Shifting Meanings of Clerical Work by Kim England and Kate Boyer
Amazon Alexa ‘Dad’s Day’ commercial
Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names by Adrienne LaFrance
Engendered Machines in Science Fiction Film by Roy Schwartzman
Transcript coming soon.