BINA48 (Android). Courtesy the Terasem Movement Foundation

Why Is Artificial Intelligence a Woman?

Saturday, November 16,
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A panel of researchers, art historians, and one very advanced android considers why designers of future-oriented technologies often represent artificial intelligence through feminine stereotypes. This talk is the Irma and Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Designs for Different Futures

Part of the lecture series Untold Stories, which asks questions about the works of art we think we know


Research scientist Julie Carpenter discusses her work on Q, a gender-neutral voice for use in voice assistive technologies, an alternative to the familiar voices of Siri and Alexa.

Bruce Duncan of the Terasem Movement Foundation presents the android BINA48, which is included in one of the works in Designs for Different Futures.

Anthropologist Jennifer Robertson shares her research on Japan’s advanced robotics industry and the design of human-robot interfaces.

Moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, cocurator of Designs for Different Futures

Perelman Building

$10 (members $8); does not include museum admission

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