The men in the study reported that they preferred female voices, but they showed no implicit preference for them, whereas the women in the study implicitly preferred female voices to male ones, even more than they admitted in the questionnaire.
And when humanoid robots are female, they tend to be modeled after attractive, subservient young women, Richardson told Live Science. For example, the Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University has designed some of the world's most advanced androids, such as the Repliee R1, which was based on his then 5-year-old daughter. Ishiguro even created a robotic clone of himself that is so realistic it verges on creepy.
Recently, Ishiguro developed a series of "Actroid" robots, manufactured by the Japanese robotics company Kokoro, for the world's first robot-staffed hotel.
According to The Telegraph, the droids — which resemble young Japanese women — will act as reception attendants, waitresses, cleaners and cloakroom attendants. Female AI personas can also be found in fiction.
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For example, the movie "Her" features an artificial intelligent operating system incidentally named Samantha , who is seductively voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Her human "owner," played by Joaquin Phoenix, ends up falling in love with her. Another reason for having female robots could be that women are perceived as less threatening or more friendly than men, Richardson said. And the same could be said of childlike robots. Hollywood's vision of robots, such as in "The Terminator" and "The Matrix" movies, makes them seem scary.
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