Polyphonic & Ecoverse
This thesis is a critical inquiry that examines the prevailing issue of sexism in domestic Voice Assistants. The design inquiry investigates two main aspects: the anthropomorphism of technology leading to (false) emotional ties, and the gendered representation of Voice Assistants as the always-available female persona. The repercussions of these design choices contribute to reinforcing harmful gender biases and perpetuating inequality. Following the research through design principles, I have used design proposals, sketches, scenarios, and prototypes to reconsider and critically reflect upon current norms of design and interaction with voice agents at home. Through the creation of two artifacts and speculative videos, the outcome proposes a future where voice agents transition from mere assistants to companions, advocating for a more equitable and morally conscious technological landscape.
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Speculating about future norms of interactions with domestic Voice Agents