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Should robots be gendered? comments on Alan Winfield's opinion piece

Robohub

The gendering of robots is something I've found fascinating since I first started building robots out of legos with my brother. We all ascribe character to robots, consciously or not, even when we understand exactly how robots work. Until recently we've been able to write this off as science fiction stuff, because real robots were boring industrial arms and anything else was fictional. However, since 2010, robots have been rolling out into the real world in a whole range of shapes, characters and notably, stereotypes. My original research on the naming of robots gave some indications as to just how insidious this human tendency to anthropomorphize and gender robots really is.


New York City proposal would allow adults to choose gender 'X' on birth certificates

FOX News

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at his 2018 Inaugural Ceremony at City Hall in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. A New York City proposal would allow people born there the option to choose a third gender on their city birth certificates. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said the new category of "X" would be available under the new plan for those who don't identify as either male or female. The proposal is expected to be heard on June 5 at a meeting of the Board of Health. Another hearing will be held in July and then a vote in September, if approved by the board.


The impact of advanced robotic engineering (part 1) - Netopia

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"The truck regarded them calmly, its receptors blank and impassive. It was doing its job. The planet-wide network of automatic factories was smoothly performing the task imposed on it five years before, in the early days of the Total Global Conflict." Written by famous and farsighted Phillip K. Dick in 1955, his central characters, three human survivors of the War, fight these factories and finally succeed in regaining control by eventually turning them against each other and thus making them destroying themselves.


Consultation on changing legal gender to be launched

BBC News

The UK government is considering plans to make the process of changing legal gender easier. Currently, people must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition where a person's biological sex and identity does not match. The equalities minister says she wants to reform the 2004 Gender Recognition Act to make the process less intrusive. LGBT campaign group Stonewall says the current system is "demeaning and broken". The 2004 law says people wanting a change of gender to be legally recognised in the UK need to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.


Recycling robotics company AMP Robotics could raise up to $70 million sources say

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AMP Robotics, the recycling robotics technology developer backed by investors including Sequoia Capital and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, is close to closing on as much as $70 million in new financing, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company's plans. The new financing speaks to AMP Robotics' continued success in pilot projects and with new partnerships that are exponentially expanding the company's deployments. Earlier this month the company announced a new deal that represented its largest purchase order for its trash sorting and recycling robots. That order, for 24 machine learning-enabled robotic recycling systems with the waste handling company Waste Connections, was a showcase for the efficacy of the company's recycling technology. That comes on the back of a pilot program earlier in the year with one Toronto apartment complex, where the complex's tenants were able to opt into a program that would share recycling habits monitored by AMP Robotics with the building's renters in an effort to improve their recycling behavior.