Gender In Machines

Why does gender appear in this primal scene of humans meeting their evolutionary successors, intelligent machines?

The role of Gender appears in intelligent machines, because gender has always been a part of human society for ages. According to Merriam Webster dictionary Gender is define as “1). Sex 2).the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex”, meaning that depending on what sex you were born with, be it male or female , depending  one’s sex  person, they  should act a certain way. This has been true throughout history. From ancient Athens, gender has played a role in people’s daily life. Women of the ancient Athens were expected to marry young, have children and stay at home. Meanwhile men were head of their household, were expected to go to school, joined the army, and allowed to roam freely. A couple of centuries later, almost the same roles reappeared for the women of the 1950’s. Women of this time period were supposed to be good housewives, cook, clean and tend to the children, and in returned the men were supposed to maintain a job and proved for his family.

The point is gender, determines what role person would take on. These cultural trails, behaviors have been passed down from a long line of history. Our history has created the idea of “Gender”. It is something humans feel comfortable in, by portraying themselves in these given roles.  So it is no surprise when humans try to embodied human gender on a machine.  It’s a mere image of what they have seen in previously society, television and their given environment.

Influenced by our given information around us, we try to give machines human like characteristic such as making a machine male or female. We believe that the perfect idea of how a living thing should be a representation of us, since we are on top. We are can think, create, manipulate, and destroy. Giving machines a gender is a way we try to personify objects. Human gender appears when creating intelligent machines because of past experiences; history and influences of how something should be, comparing to us humans.

Work Cited

“Gender.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. Web. 04 June 2012

Hayles, Katherine. “Introduction and Conclusion from How We Are Posthuman.

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Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp was a French artist, who was born in Blainville, France on July 28, 1887. He study painting alongside his brother, in Paris. He was influenced by cubism, dada and surrealism He wanted people to see beyond what people were influence to see, such as beauty, the play off colors and etc.
During the early 20 century art was being seen a certain way. Duchamp was one of the first to break this narrow way of thinking through already made art pieces that were influence by Dadaism. Dadaism was to go against the morals, social, or the norms of society. People who believed in Dadaism believed art didn’t have to be created from paints, brushes, charcoal or in a way they were taught academically to draw, paint, and make sculptors like the great masters or to look at art a certain way.
One Duchamp already made art works was the Mona Lisa poster which he title L.H.O.O.Q. L.H.O.OQ is the abbreviation in French that stands for “She has a hot tail”. Duchamp’s Mona Lisa was a cheap reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s well known Mona Lisa. Duchamp used this well-known image and drew in a mustache and goat beard with a pencil. The Mona Lisa has always been appraised for its beauty and genuine. What Duchamp did was seem scandalize and obscure. Many people didn’t seem to understand and accept what he did to the Mona Lisa.
Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q couldn’t be considerate original since it’s not a copy from De Vinci’s artwork, but view as uncreative. It would be uncreative because he didn’t come up with the idea of the Mona Lisa, but he came up the Mona Lisa with a goatee and mustache. The Mona Lisa he used was an already made poster for the everyday consumer.All Duchamp did was add a goatee and mustache and rename the title.

” Marcel Duchamp.” 2012. 23 Apr 2012, 11:15
Preble, Duane, Sarah Preble, and Patrick Frank. Artforms: An Introduction to the Visual Arts. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004. Print

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Limit Information

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Today the internet has made it possible for people to have access to information  about almost every subject there is, but how much of these information is actually reliable and how much isn’t? In Newsweek interview Larry Page said “Certainly if you had all the world’s information directly attached to your brain, you’d be better off” (Carr). Let say if you could have all the world’s information attached to your brain. How much of this information is actually true? And how much of it is just false, opinion or manipulated? Would this information even be valuable? I don’t think you would be better off knowing everything there is to know, it’s dangerous; like having information on how to create harmful and dangerous bio-weapons. There is reason why certain information hidden for a reason. Humans aren’t programed nor are we aren’t artificial life; we actually have emotions, process information and react differently.

Over the years Google has become an asset to our daily lives. If you want to find the weather report, sports, gossip you just Google it. It’s even in spell check. Almost everyone today uses the search engines Google to find a basic answer, but do we actually rely on Google too much.  In the article Google is Polluting the Internet the author Micah white “We place too much trust in one company, a corporate advertising agency, and single way of organizing knowledge, automated keyword indexing”(White). Do we put too much trust on a company that’s now a commercial agency and actually not there to help you, but to make millions off you by advertising. In Eli Pariser’s video “filter bubbles” Pariser argues about how Google has created these filter bubbles where Google has limited the information your actually receiving. There are cookies that keep tract of information, so when you do a search it targets information that is relevant to you and then topic than what you actually want. Two different people can conduct the same search, but come up with different searches. Google is controlling what we are viewing. The internet was created to allow the share of information and make sure not one company or a group of people can control it, but how is that possible when Google is controlling the information we can view?

Works Cited

Carr, Nicholas. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The Atlantic. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.

Eli Pariser: Beware Online “filter Bubbles” TED: Ideas worth Spreading. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.

White, Micah. “Google Is Polluting the Internet.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 30 Oct. 2010. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.

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