I never thought about it before but apparently a few oversensitive people are offended by the fact most virtual assistants have female names and voices, such as Siri, Cortana and Alexa.

There are people among us who wonder why the femme bot is used in our phones, speakers, cars, TVs and even as our automated helper in our home appliances. That leaves us to ponder: “do we have a gender controversy when it comes to our digital aides”?

I’m not sure if those politically correct people believe it is sexist that the male dominant tech industry is using mostly female names and voices when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality products because they believe the job of virtual assistant is demeaning? Are they guilty of carrying primitive norms and human hang-ups into our technical future?

One might argue that the Siri and Alexa I know are nothing less than geniuses. They can answer millions of very difficult questions. That commands my respect.

This gender problem was brought to my attention in an article by Joanna Stern in a recent Wall Street Journal. I would think the feminist members of the gender police would complain if these voice-activated digital assistants had mostly male names and voices.

The article goes on to explain that tech companies spent lots of time and money doing research. They employed industry experts before making these billion dollar decisions. They used test groups comprised of women and men of all ages and nationalities. They found that female voices were more welcoming and warm.

They even found that the women in the test groups showed a stronger implicit preference for the female voice. Yet, when it comes to gender equality, you can’t make everyone happy all of the time. How about a genderless voice? Would you prefer talking to a gender neutral-toned voiced Pat or Alex?

Leave it up to the marketing departments to find a solution. Most companies decided to give their customers the option of having a female or male helper. You decide which voice gender you like when you pick up a phone or another AI powered device, and you can change your mind whenever you like with a simple push of a button.

Another possibility…why not have both female and male bots answering questions and dispensing the information?


If you like to have fun with words you will like these paraprosdokians that were passed along by Del Keup. A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected and often times very humorous.

1. If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they’d eventually find me very attractive.

2. I find it ironic that the colors red, white and blue stand for freedom, until they’re flashing behind you.

3. Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.

4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

5. I’m great at multi-tasking—-I can waste time, be unproductive and procrastinate all at once.

6. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

7. Take my advice; I’m obviuously not using it.

8. My wife and I were happy for twenty years; then we met.

9. Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home when you wish they were.

10. Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

11. Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

12. Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.

13. He who laughs last thinks slowest.

14. Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?

15. Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.

16. I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.

17. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

18. I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn’t find it.

19. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

20. Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.

21. Money is the root of all wealth.

22. No matter how much you push the envelope; it’ll still be stationery.


Grant Meyer, a thoughtful and compassionate man, said he talked to a homeless man and asked him how he ended up that way.

He said, “Up until last week, I still had it all. I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had TV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool and the library.

“I was even working on my MBA degree on-line. I had no bills and no debt. I even had full medical coverage.”

Grant said he genuinely felt sorry for him. I asked, “What happened? Was it drugs? Alcohol? Divorce?”

“Oh no, nothing like that,” he said. “no, no…I was paroled.”