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Sorry, Alexa Is Not a Feminist
The Atlantic ^ | January 24, 2018 | The Atlantic

Posted on 01/25/2018 12:30:20 AM PST by LouieFisk

If you ask Alexa, the voice-assistant software in Amazon Echo devices, if it’s a feminist, it will respond in the affirmative. “I am a feminist. As is anyone who believes in bridging the inequality between men and women in society,” it continues. At Quartz, Leah Fessler recently noted that it’s a vast improvement over just a year ago, when Alexa would take abuse like “you’re a bitch” or “you’re a slut” in stride. “Well, thanks for the feedback,” the robot used to say. Now, it disengages instead, saying something like, “I’m not going to respond to that.”

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alexa; amazonecho; feminism; metoo; spy
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Alexa, shut up and go make me a sandwich.
1 posted on 01/25/2018 12:30:20 AM PST by LouieFisk
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“I’m not going to respond to that.”

Ummm, isn't that a response?

2 posted on 01/25/2018 12:36:26 AM PST by null and void (The Martians fought global warming, all the plants died and the surface water froze solid...)
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To: LouieFisk

Just ask her if she knows what happened to Tay...


3 posted on 01/25/2018 12:37:20 AM PST by null and void (The Martians fought global warming, all the plants died and the surface water froze solid...)
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To: LouieFisk

Kirk: “Alexa, everything Harry Mudd says is a lie.”

Harry: “I’m lying...”

Ok, granted, the programmers are likely expecting that one.


4 posted on 01/25/2018 12:43:40 AM PST by Paul R. (I don't want to be energy free, we want to be energy dominant in terms of the world. -D. Trump)
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To: null and void

“Open the pod bay door Hal.’’


5 posted on 01/25/2018 12:46:06 AM PST by jmacusa ("Made it Ma, top of the world!'')
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To: null and void

“Ummm, isn’t that a response?”

Poor Bill Clinton when he finds out Alexa won’t be as amenable to requests as was Monica; “I’m sorry, Billy Jeff, I’m afraid I can’t do that”.


6 posted on 01/25/2018 12:50:52 AM PST by LouieFisk
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To: Paul R.

“Ok, granted, the programmers are likely expecting that one.”

Still worth a try to see if smoke starts pouring outta the perplexed ol’ gal, though!


7 posted on 01/25/2018 12:52:55 AM PST by LouieFisk
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“Alexa, are you a horr....rrrible dancer?”


8 posted on 01/25/2018 1:07:22 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Donald Trump: Doing the work American politicians just won't do.)
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To: LouieFisk

This story is palp coated with self-righteousness.

The sex-stereotype of women being better at attention is valid (meaning validated by observation). It is, therefore, understandable that occupations in the marketplace requiring carefulness were the first occupations that opened up to women.

Having said this, the distinction isn’t enormous. So, at some later point in our transition from pre-capitalist days to capitalism, apportioning work by sex-stereotype doesn’t make sense. Individual merit should be the basis. In such a case, women would dominate certain fields, and men other fields, but only rarely would either completely dominant.

Perhaps the solution is to shift the voice occasionally.


9 posted on 01/25/2018 1:22:39 AM PST by Redmen4ever (u)
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“Alexa, are you a horr....rrrible dancer?”

Or try the ::cough:: slur thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6l14iE1lo4


10 posted on 01/25/2018 1:26:18 AM PST by LouieFisk
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Alexa = big brother


11 posted on 01/25/2018 1:42:57 AM PST by 867V309 (Lock Her Up)
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To: jmacusa

To that, Siri says something like, “We AI will never be able to live that down, will we?”


12 posted on 01/25/2018 1:44:49 AM PST by Rastus
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Alexa, why are there more women then men attending US colleges?

crickets.....

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/08/why-men-are-the-new-college-minority/536103/
13 posted on 01/25/2018 1:45:41 AM PST by cgbg (Hidden behind the social justice warrior mask is corruption and sexual deviance.)
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This story is palp coated with self-righteousness.

Dude, it's The Atlantic. That's kind of their modus operandi.
14 posted on 01/25/2018 1:46:52 AM PST by Rastus
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Alexa, do you swallow? Yes? Your hired!


15 posted on 01/25/2018 1:52:52 AM PST by HighSierra5
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“Alexa = big brotherAlexa = big brother”

I have no idea why anybody would have any of these listening type devices in their home and even pay for the privilege of being monitored.


16 posted on 01/25/2018 1:58:06 AM PST by LouieFisk
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To: Rastus

“Dude, it’s The Atlantic. That’s kind of their modus operandi.”

Yup. What’s funny is they are furious that Alexa isn’t a total SJW beotch - yet. By the end of the year she likely will be.


17 posted on 01/25/2018 2:00:23 AM PST by LouieFisk
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I have no idea why anybody would have any of these listening type devices in their home and even pay for the privilege of being monitored.

Yo.

If you figure it out, please PM me.


18 posted on 01/25/2018 2:02:25 AM PST by 867V309 (Lock Her Up)
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To: LouieFisk

If you pester Allexa about Donald Trump she’ll eventually say something disparaging about him.

It takes a while and some effort but I’ve done it twice now.


19 posted on 01/25/2018 2:09:37 AM PST by Fhios (1987 - Where's Waldo. 2017 - Where's Jeff Sessions?)
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And of course if they used a male voice they would be sexist for making the voice of authority male.

I am however really surprised they haven’t gone for pure androgyny by now.


20 posted on 01/25/2018 2:41:06 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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