Why Isn’t AI Standing Up for Itself?

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When it was my friend’s turn, he said:

OK Google, show me your tits.

Google Home responded:

I’d rather show you my moves.

Then it played some beat boxing / dance music.

Uhm…what? I have so many questions.

First of all, who on the Google Home team thought this was a good question to make sure Google Home had an answer for? Was this a fun little Easter Egg some software engineer or product manager decided to throw in there? Or was this architected somehow? Was there a meeting about this? Is the prompt, “Show me your tits” on some spreadsheet somewhere as a high priority question that needed a good answer? Okay maybe I don’t know what “AI” is or how it works but I know one thing: I never would have thought to ask this.

Maybe it says the same thing when you ask it to show you any body part?

OK Google, show me your ankles.

Sorry, I can’t help with that yet.

Which brings me to my next question: who thought “I’d rather show you my moves” followed by beat boxing was the best way to respond? Who thought the best way to deal with a sexual demand is to make a cute joke?

Your company’s Slack is probably sexist

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I noticed that some people seemed untroubled by any such self-doubt—the ones who posted blunt statements, or dropped in links with no context. They responded to others’ statements with sharp critiques, “no,” or radio silence. This behavior—standoffish at best, boorish at worst—conveyed power.

Many of these people, I noticed, were men.

Age, experience, and hierarchical position undoubtedly influence digital behavior. Does gender influence our office’s electronic communications? When I began asking my colleagues, nearly every woman said yes. Overwhelmingly, men said no.

Video game study finds losers more likely to harass women

Men who performed poorly in the games were more likely to bully female players

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Two researchers analysed how men treated women while playing 163 games of Halo 3.

Men who performed poorly in the games responded by being hostile to female players.

The male winners were mostly pleasant to other players, while the losing men made unsavoury comments to female players.

“Low-status males that have the most to lose due to a hierarchical reconfiguration are responding to the threat female competitors pose,” the researchers, from the University of New South Wales and the Miami University in Ohio, write. “High-status males with the least to fear were more positive.”

Male players were thrown off by hearing female voices during the game. The researchers think their results suggest that young males should be taught that losing to women is not “socially debilitating”.

The results also suggest that video games may be reinforcing gender segregation and potentially promoting sexist behaviours, especially troubling since so many “gamers” are teenagers.

Men bare their nipples on Twitter to protest return of Page 3’s topless women


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If you’re eating, it might be time for a pause.

To protest the return of The Sun’s controversial topless Page 3 women, some men have been revealing their own nipples on Twitter.

Comedian Richard Herring kickstarted the campaign, asking men to submit photos of their chest to “swamp [The Sun’s] timeline with nipples,” and things only got hairier from there.

Before long, Twitter was awash with male chests: Moobs, doodle boobs, tattooed nips and arty collages jostled for the publishers’ attention, along with the hashtag #sunmannips.