News  |  ,   |  April 4, 2016

From Siri to sexbots: Female AI reinforces a toxic desire for passive, agreeable and easily dominated women

News article by Jennifer Seaman Cook.
Published in Salon.


From telephone operators to the ScarJo robot, tech’s female voice has little to do with empowerment.

A recent article titled “Why is AI Female?” made the connection that gendered labor, in service professions in particular, is fueling our expectations for gendered AI assistants and service robots. Furthermore, the author argues, this “feminizing — and sexualizing — of machines” signals a future with a disproportionate use of feminized VR and robots for a male-dominated sex industry.

Monica Nickelsburg writes: “Sex with robots is a big leap from asking Siri to set an alarm, but the fact that we’ve largely equated artificial intelligence with female personalities is worth examining . . .

About the Author
Jennifer Seaman Cook is a cultural history, visual culture, media and technology scholar in American Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.