Episode 19: How to Reboot Sexist Robots
The robot future is female, but can it be feminist? Gendered digital assistants like Alexa are here to make our lives easier, yet all this artificial intelligence comes with retrograde human baggage (and unnecessary boobs). Caroline and Cristen investigate what robots reveal about the real-world with two of the brightest human minds out there.
More from our guests
Ayanna Howard: Zyrobotics
Heather Roff: Twitter
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- Docherty, Bonnie. We're Running Out of Time to Stop Killer Robot Weapons. The Guardian. April 11, 2018.
- Fessler, Leah. We Tested Bots Like Siri and Alexa to See Who Would Stand up to Sexual Harassment. Quartz. Feb. 22, 2017.
- Hayasaki, Erika. Is AI Sexist? Foreign Policy. Jan. 16, 2017.
- Hempel, Jessi. Siri and Cortana Sound Like Ladies Because of Sexism. Wired. Oct. 28, 2015.
- Howard, Ayanna and Jason Borenstein. The Ugly Truth About Ourselves and Our Robot Creations: The Problem of Bias and Social Inequity. Science and Engineering Ethics. Sept. 21, 2017.
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- Roff, Heather. Gendering a Warbot: Gender, Sex and the Implications for the Future of War. International Feminist Journal of Politics. Vol. 18, Iss. 1, Jan. 11, 2016.
- Roff, Heather. How Understanding Animals Can Help Us Maximize Artificial Intelligence. Scientific American. April 2, 2017.
- Simmons, Jackie and Jeff Green. The Rise of Robots Will Make the Tech Gender Gap Even Worse. Bloomberg. Jan. 22, 2017.
- Vanity Fair. The Trailblazing Roboticist Tackling Diversity and Bias in Artificial Intelligence. April 2018.
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- Zuin, Lidia. A Brief History of Men Who Build Female Robots. Startup Grind. April 4, 2017.