That’s Interesting 22.03.19

From Q, the genderless A.I voice to Cult beauty’s #Vulvalution, here are some things that made us say “That’s interesting” in the studio this week.

Beyond Binary

As voice-enabled assistants like Siri and Alexa become more present in our everyday lives, questions have started rising about their binary voice choices. Based on archaic stereotypes and gender biases, tech industry has chosen mostly female voices that listen and obey, and male voices that consult. In an effort to explore a third, more neutral option, the world’s first genderless voice – Q – has been developed by creative studio Virtue Nordic, working with Copenhagen Pride and social scientist Julie Carpenter.

Say “Hey Q” here

Politecnico di Piano

By 2020, Politecnico di Milano hopes to boast a new campus complex, designed by none other than internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano and Ottavio di Blasi & Partners. A fundraising campaign is currently underway, and the plan is for it to host the university’s new architecture campus and laboratories, with a focus on research and innovation. Piano describes the project as a “gift to the city” as he returns to his alma mater, where he studied in the sixties.

Support the project here

#Vulvalution

Cult Beauty has recently launched its sexual pleasure and wellness offer, which ranges from sex toys to supplements, intimate cleansers to pelvic floor trainers, the first of its kind in the UK. To celebrate women’s health and pleasure taking centre stage, finally moving away from being taboo, 10% of profits from this category will go to The Lady Garden Foundation, to educate around and fund research into gynaecological cancers.

Girl power this way

And, while we’re on the subject, check out our latest map issue on ‘The Future of Sex’ here

Bio Transactions

Britain’s NatWest is partnering with Dutch firm Gemalto to trial biometric solutions that could help to decrease card fraud. In order to eliminate reliance on PIN usage and increase the current £30 spending limit, a small panel on the card itself would be utilised for fingerprint authentication.

Fingerprint on the pulse here

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