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Abyss Creations founder and chief designer Matt McMullen displays an early prototype of “Harmony,” the company’s first functional sex robot.
Robots like Amazon’s rumored wheeled Vesta draw from Rosie. iRobot CEO Colin Angle even said the Roomba robot vacuum was directly inspired by the robot housekeeper. This perpetuates an outdated concept of the division of labor in a home. In a 2013 tweet, iRobot said Rosie was the most common name for a Roomba. While Rosie the Robot only exists in the world of The Jetsons, she has inspired many of the domestic bots available today — and even appeared in an ad for LG SmartThinQ appliances.
Voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri default to a woman’s voice who is always there to answer questions or perform a task, such as turning on the lights or adjusting the thermostat. Other analyses in The Smart Wife paint an even bleaker picture, when you move to voice assistants and companion bots, in particular. For the authors, the same concerns apply to sex dolls like Harmony, who have no ability to give or deny consent.
And these voice assistants currently have limited responses to (and no way to remove themselves from) sexual harassment or other inappropriate situations.
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