Have you ever wondered if technology has a gender? And if it does, is it female or male? We can refer to technology being genderless, but often favors one gender over another. Women are often left behind even though many technologies are given feminine names like Alexa and others, does this have any effect on technology? Creating integrated technology forces us to answer these questions and find solutions to ensure technology does not leave any person or group behind.
In voice technology, researchers have identified the existence of gender challenges, for example, voice technology does not represent everyone's voice and differences so sometimes these systems fail to recognize certain sounds especially in terms of gender and different accents. What contributes to these challenges? In Mozilla's Common Voice project, we were able to address some of the challenges that researchers have identified.