2 fun things to ask Alexa every morning:

#1. "Alexa, what happened today in history?"

You'll get a to-the-point snippet of history from Alexa.

A couple of weeks ago on May 5, I learned that it had been exactly 47 years since Secretariat had won the 1973 Kentucky Derby in one minute and 59 seconds, a time that has still not been beaten! I didn't know that Secretariat still held the record.

Asking this question is a fun, easy and quick way to start your day learning something new -- or being reminded that it's the anniversary of a historical event you already know well.

#2. "Alexa, what's my horoscope?"

Alexa will ask for your sign (I'm a Taurus) and then provide the day's horoscope. Yesterday morning, I was advised to be prepared to put my Taurean work ethic to good use in the coming month to capitalize on opportunities arising during these uncertain times.

While I'm not one to put much weight on horoscopes, I'll concede that they often do get at something that's bubbling up in my life. Right now, I'm working as hard as ever on VoiceBrew to put out valuable content when many of you are spending more time at home -- which means more time with Alexa :)

A perspective on why most voice assistants have female voices

With only a few exceptions, most voice assistants are female, and there's been a lot of chatter on why this is.

Some have argued that gender stereotypes play a role -- in other words: that people are more comfortable asking a female voice to do various tasks and fetch info than they would be asking a male voice. Female voices are perceived as supportive and trustworthy, important qualities in a digital assistant.

Amazon has reported that extensive user testing indicates that users prefer a female voice, which is why Alexa is female. And Google Assistant reportedly launched with a female voice because text-to-speech systems had primarily been trained on female voices -- not surprising given the above.

Some even believe that female voices are easier to understand.

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