If a robot is designed to look like a person, it is given distinct secondary sex characteristics. Even AI, not housed in human(oid) bodies, become man or woman at their creator’s whim. It may seem a silly quirk that we insist on sorting the computer people by a trait applicable only to humans, but I don’t think that’s the full story. In fact, I would argue that gender relations have shaped our very concept of what AI and robots should be.
Even now, in the year of our Luigi 2019, there is still no sign of a new Nintendogs game for smartphone.
It’s the ideal IP for the platform! A move so obvious, so simple even I can see it! Nintendogs has all the ingredients to be a smartphone hit and I’m about to explain why.