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.
“Gender.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. Web. 04 June 2012
Hayles, Katherine. “Introduction and Conclusion from How We Are Posthuman.