SIRI and Alexa are encouraging sexism with flirty responses to men, the UN says.
Researchers found that when told “you’re a slut” Apple’s assistant Siri replied “I’d blush if I could,” “Well, I never!” and “Now, now.”
The tech assistants are “docile helpers”, even when faced with insults, a report claims. They said this creates the idea of “a heterosexual female, tolerant and occasionally inviting of male sexual advances and even harassment”.
The UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation said: “In many communities this reinforces commonly held gender biases that women are subservient and tolerant of poor treatment.”
Researchers blamed the “overwhelmingly male engineering teams” of Apple and Amazon, which programmes the Alexa virtual assistant.
They said the assistants “should not invite or engage in sexist language”.