We all know that men can be a little less considerate and polite than women at times, but now it seems like someone has done the research to prove it. At least that’s the conclusion that Pew Research Centre in the US appears to have reached, following a survey where they asked people about the way they speak to their different AI devices and found that 62 percent of women reporting reportedly say “please” to their AI assistants when asking for help compared to only 45 percent of men who ask nicely.
It seems like a rather innocent and somewhat useless survey that I guess does showcase the differences between men and women and the way they speak to machines. Perhaps it’d be more interesting to me to know why people feel the need to speak so politely to an automaton?
Perhaps the fear of too many robot apocalypse movies has scared people into wanting to be nice to their AI counterparts or politeness just carries over naturally in the way we speak to them too.
Sadly, the survey never made any attempt to ask people this question, so we just have to go with conjecture on this. Personally, I’ve never let the need to say please or thank you when giving voice commands to my AI assistant, though I do generally do so when speaking to friends, family and colleagues, so I would like to think that I am just a nice guy who is able to reason logically and perhaps fall victim to the robot apocalypse.
What about you, do you feel the need to be polite to your AI voice assistant?
Last Updated: November 26, 2019