OF WOMAN BORG: BIONIC BETTIES, RADICAL ROBOTS, AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE ARTIFICIAL WOMAN


Publication Title
Bitch Magazine
Publication/Creation Date
December 28 2016
Creators/Contributors
Tammy Oler (creator)
Donna Haraway (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
Svedka retired its vodka-slinging fembot a few years ago, but we’re still mired in technology that reinscribes the same old gender stereotypes. Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO is presumed to be male, so he’s designed to do a lot of jobs, not to mention play soccer with President Obama. But Toshiba’s Aiko Chihura resembles a woman, so she’s designed to be a retail assistant. Even when there’s no physical bot, gender is present: Almost every virtual assistant—Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Julie, Cloe, and Jeannie—is coded with female voices to match their female names. New ways of working, yes, but old ways of thinking about who’s doing what type of work. It’s no wonder people became obsessed with whether cute new Star Wars droid BB-8 is a male or a female droid—in this culture, it would definitely change how we see it.
HCI Platform
Robotical
Location on Body
Arm, Ear, Leg, Not On The Body