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Voices (2020)

After visiting her father's grave, Lilly and her mother are involved in a terrible car accident leaving Lilly orphaned and unable to see. In her youth, she struggles with her blindness and begins to hear voices. Unbeknownst to her they don't belong to the living. After years of learning to cope, Lilly is now happily married with a baby on the way. Lilly soon discovers her unborn baby has become a vessel a second chance for souls stuck in limbo to be re-born. She only has until the baby's first heartbeat to decide which soul will be re-born through her. Now the voices she heard in her youth have returned, clamoring for the chance to come back. Among the voices, she befriends the spirit of a little girl tied to a years-old cold case. Lilly finds herself in a desperate struggle with the girl's murderers and the souls vying to be born again.

Voices (2020)

Fiona's remains are discovered in the woods, and she and the pets confront Jerry over his urges to kill and the fact that their voices are only in his head. Lisa surprises Jerry at home, discovering the horrifying state of his apartment and Fiona's head. He struggles to explain himself as she tries to escape, and throws her onto the bed, breaking her neck. Curling up with Lisa as she lays dying, Jerry dismembers her and places her head in the fridge beside Fiona's.

When Jerry's coworkers realize Lisa is missing and find an article about his mother's death, Alison goes to his apartment. Jerry kills her, keeping her head with the others, but becomes overwhelmed by the voices. He confesses his killings to Dr. Warren before kidnapping her to the countryside, desperate for her help. She reassures him about managing her own intrusive thoughts, while Jerry's coworkers break into his apartment and call the police.

Before initial production, the script for The Voices received critical praise, including being listed on The Black List's Best UN-produced Screenplays of 2009.[7] The film originally had Mark Romanek attached to direct in 2010, with Ben Stiller attached to star, but was never made due to budget issues. The project was brought up again in August 2012, when it was announced that Marjane Satrapi would be directing.[8] When asked about having Reynolds perform all the voices Jerry hears in his head, Satrapi stated in an interview with Digital Spy, "At the beginning, the producer and myself said let's look for an actor, and then Ryan made the voices on his iPhone and he sent it over, and I was like, "Who is that?" And suddenly it makes sense. That is the voices the guy hears, so who else but him can do it? It can only be him, so, yeah, it was an obvious choice."[9]

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In response to the severe economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ACLS created the Emerging Voices Fellowship program in 2020 to support early career scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come.

The first artist to really light me up about what music, language and performance could be was Laurie Anderson, followed by Patti Smith. For voices, I look towards Luciano Berio, Meredith Monk, Elaine Mitchener, Jennifer Walshe and Holly Herndon, and for sheer presence of sound, Ben Frost.

In the 1990s, Stanford researchers Byron Reeves and Clifford Nass found that individuals exhibited similar behaviors with televisions and computers as they did with other humans: not only did they treat the machines with respect, but they also interacted with male-sounding and female-sounding computer voices differently based on gender stereotypes.2

According to a 2016 Business Insider survey, 80% of businesses worldwide use or are interested in using consumer-facing chatbots for services such as sales or customer service. Still, there are no industry-wide guidelines regarding if or when to humanize AI. While some companies, such as Google, have elected to offer multiple voice options or choose gender-neutral product names, others have opted to incorporate gender-specific names, voices, appearances, or other features within bots. To provide guidance for current or future products, businesses would benefit from industry standards to address gender characteristics in AI, which should be developed with input from academia, civil society, and civil liberties groups. Such standards should include:

According to data from the Society of Women Engineers, 30% of women who leave engineering careers cite workplace climate as a reason for doing so. Still, research suggests that consumers themselves exhibit gendered preferences for voices or robots, demonstrating that gender biases are not limited to technology companies or AI development teams. Because gender dynamics are often influential both inside and out of the office, change is required across many facets of the U.S. workforce and society. 041b061a72


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