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Robo-Sexism:  Gendering AI and Robots

Friday, April 22, 2022 at 4:45pm to 6:15pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 64
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Robo-Sexism:  Gendering AI and Robots in Japan and the United States (and Elsewhere) HYBRID event. The in-person location is Goldwin Smith Hall GS64.

Jennifer Robertson, Professor Emerita, Anthropology and History of Art, University of Michigan

In humans, gender constitutes an array of learned behaviors that are cosmetically enabled and enhanced. Gender(ed) behaviors are both socially and historically shaped and are also contingent upon many situational influences, including individual choices. How is gender assigned in actual (as opposed to fictional) robots? Robertson will explore the sex/gender stereotypes and operational functions informing the design and embodiment of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots, especially humanoids and androids.

Robots have been imagined, designed, and deployed in rhetorical and tangible forms alike to reinforce conservative models of sex/gender roles, ethnic nationalism, and "traditional" family structures. Robertson considers the ramifications of "retro-tech" and also nascent efforts to redress robo-sexism.

This is a University Lecture sponsored by the Cornell Department of History and the University Lectures Committee, co-sponsored by the East Asia Program at Cornell.

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, History, Society for the Humanities, East Asia Program, Asian & Asian American Center, China and Asia-Pacific Studies

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history, anthro, Einaudi, asianstudiescal, fgsscal, cashum, govtgen



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Kristin Roebuck


Jennifer Robertson

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University of Michigan

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