Even artificial intelligence robots face stereotypical sexism in the workplace

We like to think we’ve moved past the workplace sexism of the 1950s, when men were professionals and women were secretaries. But while women have managed to break out of those subservient roles, the genders we assign to artificial-intelligence robots suggests our prejudices haven’t made as much progress. After law firm BakerHostetler hired an AI “lawyer” named ROSS, journalist Rose Eveleth noted that the male name was somewhat unusual in the world of AI. I would just like to note that all the assistant AIs are given female names, but the lawyer AI is named Ross. https://t.co/rWjnwpYfjs — Rose Eveleth (@roseveleth) May 12, 2016 Critics have previously noted that most AI assistants—including Apple’s Siri, Google Now, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana—sound like women. Some have attempted to excuse the trend,…


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