rough draft (it’s a start)


Garland, Alex, director. Ex Machina. Universal Studios, 2015

The struggle of the female AI in this movie shows a dark picture for what the future could hold for female AI, especially in two aspects. The first is in the way that Caleb views Ava as essentially human, while the boss views her as nothing but a beta for an unfinished product. If these AI are supposed to be as human as possible, don’t they deserve the respect a human would give to another human?


Kubrik, Stanley, director. 2001: A Space Oddysey. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968

HAL-9000 shows significant parallels to IBM’s Watson computer system, especially in the power that both of them have and are trusted with. Is it a coincidence that both of them are gendered as men? Helpful evidence to show male AI are given more power than their female counterparts.


Artificial Intelligence seems to stem from the idea that, as humans, we can create something even better than ourselves, yet it is limited by human preconceived notions of cultural gender divisions that shows how problematic our cultural attitude towards genders is. The majority of digital assistants that we carry around in our pockets come standard with a woman’s voice attached to it, which implies an attitude towards women in the workplace that many nations are recognizing as archaic and misogynistic at heart. When it comes to fictional AI, the gender distinctions are often very similar, where AI gendered as men overwhelmingly are in high positions of power while women AI are often unable to compete with the man gendered AI. The gender distinctions of AI is particularly dangerous when considering how it can normalize behavior towards a certain gender, which is especially concerning when one considers the physical embodiment of AI that already exist in our world. The gender distinction in AI reflects traditional cultural norms based around jobs appropriate for women and men, and suggests that equality for women cannot be found, even in technology.