Girls & Robots: Reflections on the Being Human Festival

In March 2016, Microsoft released a chatbot called Tay. Designed to replicate the language patterns of a 19-year-old American girl, Tay joined Twitter in a PR move that was meant to illustrate the promise of social learning in robots. Instead, Tay began to respond to deliberately offensive tweets, and within 24 hours Tay’s tweets, too, […]

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Doll Parts: Jennifer Whitney’s Current Research Activities

Over the spring and summer months, I attended several academic events. As well as being incredibly helpful for networking and writing motivation, two—the inaugural conference of the International Girls Studies Association and the Politics of Beauty Summer School and Conference—were equal parts fun and fascinating. At the moment, I am developing chapters for my first […]

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Caitlin Shepherd’s new work ‘Discord’ at Paths to Utopia

Discord www.houseofdiscord.uk “Stories of home from the have and the have nots”  A 30 minute immersive sound experience exploring personal stories of home and security in the UK housing market.   “Hello. Welcome to the Discord property viewing.” And so it starts. I find myself stood with two other people in a porch, holding a […]

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