Conor Rigby on making the Internet a fairer space for women and marginalised groups

Muses are our inspiration. Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. Inspiring literature, comedy, art, poetry and more, the classical Muses – from ancient Greece – had one thing in common: they were all women. And today, it’s technology. We turn towards the Internet for inspiration. Then what is this gender bias that runs so deep within it consistently? Why are all voice assistants female, and what implications does that have? (Think Alexa, Siri, and basically every robot assistant in the movies). This month’s speaker, Conor Rigby, asks just that. It’s time we question our muses (and ourselves). Join us!

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Muses are our inspiration. Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. Inspiring literature, comedy, art, poetry and more, the classical Muses – from ancient Greece – had one thing in common: they were all women.

And today, it’s technology. We turn towards the Internet for inspiration. Then what is this gender bias that runs so deep within it consistently? Why are all voice assistants female, and what implications does that have? (Think Alexa, Siri, and basically every robot assistant in the movies)

This month’s speaker, Conor Rigby explores just that. He’s a multi-disciplinary designer and researcher, and the co-founder of Feminist Internet, a collective that seeks to make the Internet a fairer space for women and other marginalised groups. Conor works on projects that champion feminist and queer approaches to technology and beyond.

It’s time we question our muses (and ourselves). Join us!

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