News That Matters

Tag: Voice

Jessie J on The Voice Kids and surviving fame

Jessie J on The Voice Kids and surviving fame

Entertainment
For most people, sitting in a big red chair on TV means you're about to be tipped backwards by Graham Norton. For Jessie J, however, it's the chance to potentially make a significant difference to the career of an aspiring young singer. She is one of four coaches on the current series of ITV's The Voice Kids, which is airing seven years after she first appeared on its sister show The Voice UK. Jessie sits on the panel alongside Pixie Lott, Danny Jones and Will.I.Am, in a contest where all the competitors are aged seven to 14.But its third series comes at a time when questions are being raised about how TV contestants are cared for, after the recent deaths of former participants of Love Island and The Jeremy Kyle Show.Given how yo...

Is Siri sexist? UN cautions against biased voice assistants

Technology
Are the female voices behind Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa amplifying gender bias around the world? The United Nations thinks so. A report released Wednesday by the UN's culture and science organization raises concerns about what it describes as the "hardwired subservience" built into default female-voiced assistants operated by Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft. The report is called "I'd Blush If I Could." It's a reference to an answer Apple's Siri gives after hearing sexist insults from users. It says it's a problem that millions of people are getting accustomed to commanding female-voiced assistants that are "servile, obedient and unfailingly polite," even when confronted with harassment from humans. The agency recommends tech companies stop making digital assistants female by defa...
Female AI voice assistants reinforce gender bias, UN report says

Female AI voice assistants reinforce gender bias, UN report says

Technology
Artificial intelligence voice assistants, such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, are perpetuating and spreading gender stereotypes, says a new UN report. Titled "I'd blush if I could", the report from UNESCO says the almost exclusive market of female voice assistants fuels stereotypes that women are "obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers". And with assistants responding to requests no matter the manner in which they are asked, this also reinforces the idea in some communities that women are "subservient and tolerant of poor treatment".Canalys, a technology research company, has estimated that 100 million "smart speakers", which are used to interact with voice assistants, were sold in 2018.According to the UNESCO report, technology giants such as Amazon and Apple have in the p...
Jennifer Hudson QUITS The Voice after three years: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision’

Jennifer Hudson QUITS The Voice after three years: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision’

Entertainment
The singer, 37, was offered a big-money deal to return to the panel but has said she is too busy.An insider told us: “Jennifer has absolutely loved her time on The Voice but she’s decided not to return.“It wasn’t an easy decision. She would love to continue doing the show. But she has a lot on and something had to give. “She quit the American version last year and now she’s had to walk away from the UK series too.”Being a coach on The Voice has made Jennifer one of TV’s most popular stars. FAME: Being a coach on The Voice has made Jennifer one of TV’s most popular stars. (Pic: Getty) But last month she admitted her future on the show was in doubt.The star is a mum to son David, nine, and has a string of music and film projects on the go. She said: “This year has been challenging. I
The Voice star Tom Jones 'blames himself' over wife's death

The Voice star Tom Jones 'blames himself' over wife's death

Entertainment
The Voice coach says he should have forced her to seek treatment much earlier. Melinda, his wife of nearly 60 years, died of lung cancer aged 75, and asked if he blamed himself, Sir Tom said: “Yes.” In an emotional interview, he told the Daily Star Sunday: “You do start to think, ‘What if I had forced her to go to the doctors?’ "Because she didn’t go. You think, ‘S***, maybe I should have said she had to’.” Tom’s world fell apart when Melinda lost her cancer battle in April, 2016. At his lowest point he convinced himself he could have done something to save her.  Related Articles “You do start to think, ‘What if I had forced her to go to the doctors?’ ”Tom JonesTom, 78, sai...