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Why are all AI assistants feminised?

Why are all AI assistants feminised?

Ever wondered why Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant all answer our beck and call in sweet dulcet tones? The female gendering of AI technology is pervasive and largely unquestioned – but does it enforce damaging stereotypes? Rather disconcertingly, AI assistants are now an omnipotent presence in day-to-day life. Whether you use them for weather updates, fun-facts, or quick math equations (guilty), most of us interact with AI on a regular...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – Navigating algorithmic anxiety has become exhausting

Opinion – Navigating algorithmic anxiety has become exhausting

As Instagram faces pressure to stop displaying only what it deems ‘most engaging’, it’s time we assessed the impact of engineered content that influences us in ways we’d otherwise steer clear of. Fairly recently, I attended an event intended for likeminded people to gather and discuss their interests. Situated in a remote part of the UK, phone signal was scarce (or so I thought) and I spent the day getting to...

By London, UK
Sharing ‘deepfake porn’ could soon be illegal in the UK

Sharing ‘deepfake porn’ could soon be illegal in the UK

A government-backed review has warned that current laws do not go far enough to cover ‘disturbing and abusive new behaviours born in the smartphone era.’ During the past decade, numerous steps have been taken to confront the threat of sexual harassment online posed by evolving digital trends. In 2015, revenge porn – the distribution of sexually explicit images or videos of someone without their consent – was made...

By London, UK
How smartphone dependence is harming our memories

How smartphone dependence is harming our memories

‘Digital amnesia’ is on the rise, a concerning phenomenon that’s seeing our ingrained reliance on tech take a toll on our ability to remember important information. For those of us fortunate enough to own a smartphone, they play an integral role in our day-to-day lives. We use them to communicate, for entertainment, and to capture the moments we deem worthy of sharing on social media. Though it would certainly come as...

By London, UK