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That this is not even considered, in what is otherwise a touching and even somewhat feminist film, should make clear what assumptions we’re both taking on board as a society — assumptions that Silicon Valley is likely building into what will one day become a properly sapient AI.The service industry, already highly feminized in both fact and conventional wisdom, is made up of people who almost never have the right to say no, and virtual assistants who simply Microsoft’s abortive Ms.
An instrument of men’s desires, in other words, shaped by the yearning of capital for women are allowed to be treated, and what desires shape that treatment.
Secondly, as we inch closer and closer to true AI, we are seeing ever more clearly what this next phase of capitalism will look like, helping us to understand the expectations placed on laborers in the here and now.
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In less than 24 hours, it inexplicably became a neo-nazi sex robot with daddy issues.
The reason, I’d contend, lies in the word itself, the seed of guilt which manifests in all these “robots will kill us all” stories. The i OS “personal assistant” Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, and the voice of your GPS (a subject of so many nagging wife/girlfriend jokes), all seem to follow in a grand tradition of fem-bots; robots with distinctly feminine features who reflect back to us various notions of idealized womanhood, whether in chrome, hard light, or synthetic skin.