IA: Intelligent Assistants

There is a conference on ‘intelligent assistants’ that will take place in New York in October. Here are some others: “almost human-like” “Hi, I’m Nina, your virtual assistant. Please ask me your questions about our product, Nuance” “Amy” “Smarter than Siri” Of course all personal assistants are women, always eager to help you.

Berlin 1

I’m standing at the Eberswalderstrasse U-bahn intersection and looking up at the early evening light gliding over the cornices of buildings and spy two young women on a balcony looking down at us, smoking, laughing and drinking- someone is always drinking something in Berlin, it’s a city for a beverage-lovers – when I begin to […]

Kyu-Wait

  We’re going to Kyu-Wait, Kyu-Wait, Kyu-Wait, we’re going to Kyu-Waaiittt my mother would sing-chant in the days before we would travel to see my father. My mother is a champion of cute little portmanteaux of sounds and words, of cut-up techniques applied to parts of speech, word sounds and pronunciation. Kyu-wait, q8, Coo-Ate were […]

Demon-AI

  “a group of more than one hundred Silicon Valley luminaries, led by Tesla’s Elon Musk, and scientists, including the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, issued a call to conscience for those working on automation’s holy grail, artificial intelligence, lest they, in Musk’s words, “summon the demon.” I know it’s only a figure of speech, but […]

Seeing/ Not seeing

Socialization is “the lifelong process of inheriting and disseminating norms, customs and ideologies provide an individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within his or her own society. Socialization is thus ‘the means by which social and cultural continuity are attained.” The social internet socialises us, its users. It, us, teaches us new […]

We perfect robots

(Fritz Kahn’s Mechanical Woman) “As computing machines gradually took over, mathematicians often measured its computing time in “girl-hours” and computing power in “kilo-girls.” The computer itself is a feminized item. The history of the computer is the history of unappreciated female labor hidden behind “technology,” a screen (a literal screen) erected by boy geniuses.” When […]