Alexa, why does the brave new world of AI have all the sexism of the old one?
Because we’re dealing with human beings love. A sexually dimorphic species.
For years, we have looked forward to a future in which our lives are made easier by technology, but in it women (or rather, robots anthropomorphised as women) are still not free from the gender binary. And that is because real women aren’t either. It seems we envisage sexism even in society at its most advanced and progressive. We imagine our eventual overlords as male, but our helpers as aproned females – like the Jetsons’ maid, Rosie. A true technological utopia for women would be one where the future of AI isn’t female, but genderless, as all work should be.
We can – and we do – change the societal manifestations of that dimorphism. But eradicating it is only going to come when we’re a different species…..