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In this column, “Just putting this out there…,” we write about the odd ways we engage with tech and the abhorred opinions we form about it. You can read the rest of the accessories in this series here.

As an bookish scientist who researches human evolution, I was afraid to accept an email one day from Patrice Désilets, a top computer game artist amenable for the first two Assassin’s Creed games. He was alive on a new game based on our early change in Africa, he said, and was using my book The Cradle of Humanity as one of the key advertence texts. Would I like to be involved?

Last year, a study by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) argued that voice administration like Google’s bolster “harmful gender bias” and suggests women should be there to assist rather than be assisted. But it turns out Google always wanted to use a male voice, but they didn’t because female voices are allegedly easier to work with.