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What Sex is Your Robot? 263

Posted by michael
from the battery-powered dept.
Ant writes "Technology Review has an article about how the more robots interact with humans, the more important their apparent gender becomes."
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What Sex is Your Robot?

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  • Re:Sex shops (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 06, 2004 @10:08AM (#9072923)
    I know someone that works in a sex shoppe.

    They say that 90% of the dolls sold are for gag-gifts.. and 10% to perverts who wind up being very dissapointed.

  • by Rick the Red (307103) <Rick DOT The DOT Red AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday May 06, 2004 @11:41AM (#9074003) Journal
    We are offended that you would try to apply you limiting concept of gender on us.
    Hey, pal, join the club. Most languages slap a gender form on all nouns, including inanimate objects like rocks. "Limiting concept" indeed, but that's the way those languages work. Teach humans to speak binary and then we'll talk (pun intended). In most (all?) latin languages, the word for computer is male -- I looked it up once. I don't know about the equivalent of "robot," but I'd bet it's also male.
  • by leob (154345) on Thursday May 06, 2004 @11:55AM (#9074205)
    In some languages some constructs bear the mark of the speaker's gender; e.g. in Russian there is no way to say anything in the past or present perfect tense without revealing your gender: "I (male) have said" is "Ya skazal", but "I (female) have said" is "Ya skazala". To assign a gender to a talking robot is therefore a necessity.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.