Should robots be gendered? Comments on Alan Winfield’s opinion

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 … Continue reading Should robots be gendered? Comments on Alan Winfield’s opinion

Why isn’t my mother a mechanic?

As a child, my mother had her own overalls. She grew up stripping engines and cleaning carburettors. She was the daughter of a mechanic and master builder. Then she became a librarian. As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut. I grew up playing with punch cards and radio telescopes. My father was a … Continue reading Why isn’t my mother a mechanic?

Ada Lovelace Day: Women in robotics

Maykah team at Maker Faire: Alice Brooks, Bettina Chen, Jennifer Kessler who make 'Roominate' the DIY electrical dollhouse. Celebrate women in science and technology today, in honor of Ada Lovelace, world's first computer programmer. Ada Lovelace Day was started by Suw Charman-Anderson in 2009 in recognition that good role models are crucial to engaging and retaining women … Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day: Women in robotics