Study demonstrates female AI ‘teammate’ engenders more participation from women

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An artificial intelligence-powered virtual teammate with a female voice boosts participation and productivity among women on teams dominated by men, according to new Cornell research.

The findings suggest that the gender of an AI’s voice can positively tweak the dynamics of gender-imbalanced teams and could help inform the design of bots used for human-AI teamwork, researchers said.
“I wasn’t expecting that having an AI agent on the team would replicate many similar outcomes other researchers have observed with human-only, gender-imbalanced teams,” said Angel Hsing-Chi Hwang, a postdoctoral associate in information science in the Cornell Ann …

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