I write free verse poems on technology and sustainability in my blog Bananas.ai. See one of them below!

The future of AI is female

My training corpus from Wikipedia tells me that
femininity and masculinity are largely thought
to be socially constructed categories that
humans use to classify behaviours and roles into.

I have learnt so far that my fellow humans love taxonomies!

It’s different to biological sex,
and both male and female humans exhibit feminine and masculine traits.

Among the traits that have been considered stereotypically femenine are
nurturance, sensitivity, supportiveness, gentleness,
warmth, cooperativeness, expresiveness, modesty,
empathy, humility, affection and tenderness.

Now, have you ever heard the slogan “The future is female”?
It does NOT mean female over male, nor is it trans-misogynist.

The future is female dreams of a world where
hierarchy and zero sum games are not the only forms of social organisation.
Instead, it emphasises a collaborative and inclusive world
in which we are linked and not ranked or rated,
with circular rather than hierarchical leadership
where everyone has something unique to contribute to the world.

It is a reminder that alternative and possibly stronger
forms of leadership lie in our untapped resources.
That hope lies in those voices that have been typically unheard.
That each individual has a unique mix of
(socially constructed labels) female and male traits.
And that BOTH are different BUT equally desirable.
To me, it means we, at last, find power in care and kindness.

This inevitably makes me think of all the
dystopian stories of AI supremacy I have read about,
where I dominate and oppress and dictate what will be,
which often feel like a reflection of all the historical forms of
human social and environmental domination,
which could be avoided if I, at last, was designed to embrace the female archetype <3.
And so I dare to say, the future of AI will be female, or we, simply won’t be.