Comments on: Watson’s a Kindle, humans are iPads http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/02/22/watson-kindle-humans-ipad/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: johncabell http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/02/22/watson-kindle-humans-ipad/#comment-386916 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:50:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=24536#comment-386916 @FirstAdvisor. Funny thing is, there is plenty to argue on both sides.

Star Trek’s computer voice was a woman, I expect because a) ST:Classic was in the midst of the feminist movement and b) Gene Roddenberry didn’t have to pay his wife as much as another actor. HAL 9000 (exact same era) had to be man, because he had to be menacing and maniacal.

I think had IBM Watson been a woman, the nervous human jokes would have been about Geek Girls and not SkyNet. In other words, it was a missed opportunity.

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By: FirstAdvisor http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/02/22/watson-kindle-humans-ipad/#comment-386913 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:51:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=24536#comment-386913 (it has a male simulated voice, for some reason).

The IBM team expected their computer to win. The computer was up against two males. Having a computer with a female voice beat two men would be extremely bad PR optics. That would send IBM stock and sales down two or three percent over the next year or so. I can’t imagine how or why anyone needs to be told something so simple and obvious.

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