One of China’s largest tech company has its “Flirty Secretary” virtual assistant offline, according to a proposal that objectified women.
The avatar, called Vivi, was designed to be built on a new virtual reality headset iQiyi, the video platform sold, owned by search giant Baidu.
The voice-controlled assistant could recommend movies and video games, but also be done, to flirt and to dance.
Vivi has now been taken offline for “modification,” said iQiyi.’Beta-version’
The virtual reality headset was announced for the first time in March, and Vivi was promoted as a built-in “girlfriend”.
Vivi appeared in an office-like setting, wearing a blouse and short skirt, and said phrases like: “I’m your friend. You have to love and worship me.”
One reviewer said, the avatar could “perform sexy dances with her charming figure”.
US newspaper the Wall Street Journal asked, iQiyi, if Vivi asked, “a view of women as sexual objects, in the world of work”.
In response, iQiyi, the product was said to “beta-Test version is used for the collection of user feedback”.
He added: “iQiyi has noted, the question raised by the media and taken the product offline for further processing. We would like to is raised is an excuse for the concerns he might have.”