Quickies: Locker rooms, conversational computing, and a virus with spider DNA
- Why I’m scared of white women – “Under this strange gaze, I saw white girls get away with arbitrary racism without scrutiny. Like their celebrity counterparts (Taylor Swift, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, etc.), they are praised and protected by racism sold as feminism. White women use their own oppression, by white men, to absolve them from accountability.” From Ray.
- Not all locker rooms, but yes, some locker rooms – “Which is to say, Trump is not a singular creature. He was not created in a vacuum. If there are millions of women assaulted, then there are millions of men doing the assaulting. We need to believe what these women are telling us.”
- The virus with spider DNA – “How on earth did this nested set-up evolve? How did a spider gene end up in a virus that lives inside bacteria that live inside the cells of insects?” (Note: large spider photos!)
- Looking for a choice of voices in AI technology – “Conversational computing is holding a mirror to many of society’s biggest preconceptions around race and gender. Listening and talking are the new input and output devices of computers. But they have social and emotional dimensions never seen with keyboards and screens.” From Donna.