Gender in AI – a reading list

I have been reading all I could find on the topic of gender in personal intelligent assistants in preparation for a co-creation workshop I am organising with feminist internet.

Below I’m sharing all the good stuff I found. Add a comment if there’s anything missing.

We tested bots like Siri and Alexa to see who would stand up to sexual harassment – Leah Fessler (article)

Fembots – Bitchmedia Popaganda (podast) in particular Miriam E. Sweeny’s 9 minute clip about gender in virtual assistants 


Why do we give robots female names? Because we don’t want to consider their feelings – Laurie Penny

Automating Inequality – Virginia Eubanks (talk) (not about gender, but very very relevant)

Social’ Robots & ‘Emotional’ Software Agents. Gendering Processes and De-Gendering Strategies for ‘Technologies in the Making – Jutta Weber, Corinna Bath (book chapter)

The Bot Politic – Jacqueline Feldman (article)

How we trained AI to be sexist – Kerry Davis interviewing Jacqueline Feldman (article)

When Robots Are an Instrument of Male Desire – The Establishment (article)

Sex robots – Dr Kate Devlin (talk)

AI is a mirror of IRL inequalities

This blog post is a collage from relevant articles, papers etc that critically look at couple of dominant notions around social inequality embodied in Artificial Intelligence (AI):

  • Bias 
  • Decision making
    • Outsourcing decision making to algorithms via scientists and engineers
    • Black boxing AI


UX for conversational Interfaces

I had a great evening with the community of@LadiesthatUX_LN – a monthly meetup for women in Ux based in London. There’s more of these in different cities:

I gave a 5 minute talk on ‘Ux for conversational interfaces’. Here’s the individual slides + running commentary: (more…)