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.
Dear Ms. Mantel,
it has now been seven years since Bring Up The Bodies was published. So I’ve put together a list of ideas that you might want to include in the final book. A one-stop inspiration station, if you will. No need to thank me.