Gendering robots is a cognitive shortcut that can lead to short circuits

September 9, 2022

Giulia Perugia, was interviewed about the human tendency to gender technology

“There are studies which show people anthropomorphize a Roomba vacuum cleaner" says Giulia Perugia, "... they give it a name, they attribute a gender, they get incredibly attached to it. To the point that when they have to bring it to repair, they just want to make sure they will receive the same robot, that it’s not going to be replaced with another one.”

Read the article by science magazine Cosmos