Is BB-8 a woman: why are we so determined to assign gender to AI?

A Star Wars: The Force Awakens character with an ambiguous sexuality speaks to a fighter pilot. Photograph: Allstar/DISNEY/LUCASFILM Reports a while back suggested there’s ‘no such thing as a male or female brain.’ The headlines weren’t exactly true. If you examined your friends’ brains under a microscope (top tip: ask first) you could pick out those that came from men or women pretty accurately. The average female brain is biologically different from the average male brain, and that has all kinds of consequences for the hapless bundles of meat that hold them. What the neuroscientists were really saying is that few brains have entirely male or female features. Instead they tend to lie on a spectrum, with men and women clustered toward opposite ends. Different gene expression between the sexes…


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