This particular urge might not be conducive to a healthy society. In an article titled “The Danger of Outsourcing Emotional Labor to Robots,” Christine Rosen cites research warning of the ways that letting artificial beings maintain our comfort zones might homogenize the vocabulary of care — in other words, if a robot can smile politely on command, do we stop appreciating what it sometimes costs a human to do the same? All outsourcing risks a devaluation of local labor — we may empathize even less, see our emotional intelligence regress, or create strange new social messages about who deserves (or can afford) care. If our virtual assistants and emotional laborers are all turning out to be soothing, female-voiced AI, will it close certain gaps for human women? Or will it ratify them?