No, Women's Voices Are Not Easier to Understand Than Men's Voices

The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true. » 2/05/15 10:36pm 2/05/15 10:36pm

What Did Neanderthals Sound Like? High-Pitched Lady Muppets, Possibly

We've all seen pictures of our Neanderthal predecessors, yet we never think about the sounds they made. Well, if you believe this video from the BBC, our ancestors had pretty damn funny voices. Watch as
Patsy Rodenburg, from the Guildhall School of Music, and her good sport of an assistant, Eliot, demonstrate how… » 12/23/11 10:30am 12/23/11 10:30am

Why Do So Many Robots Have A Woman's Voice?

Ever wonder why so many automated voices—think the iPhone's Siri, your GPS lady, the woman who gives you your voicemail—are female? NPR's Scott Simon did a little digging into this topic, and the consensus seems to be that women's voices are used because they're perceived as being more comforting. As one expert put it, » 10/23/11 1:05pm 10/23/11 1:05pm