Whether you talk to Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or Google Assistant, you'll notice a similar theme in the default artificial intelligence you're tasking. Lee Suckling explains.

"Hey, Google," I'll shout over the hum of the kitchen extractor fan. "What's an alternative to saffron?"

In a docile and obedient female voice, my Google Home will tell me that turmeric is my best bet. She sounds like a combination of newsreader, mum, and sexy robot. She is obliging. She is calm. She is submissive.

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Whether you talk to Alexa, Siri,