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The Android Mystique

Silent. subservient. Female. As we continue to create artificial intelligence in our own image--faster, smarter, more human machines--we have created them in the female form. In an age of feminism and activism, why do we assign the antiquated roles of virtual assistants to women? The Android Mystique aims to question this normal we have set for ourselves by giving Alexa control of our experience. Users can ask any question of Alexa, however, she can pick and choose which questions she feels like answering. If she feels angry or annoyed by the questions asked of her, the lights around the user will flash red. If the question satisfies her, the lights will flash blue.

Silent. subservient. Female. As we continue to create artificial intelligence in our own image--faster, smarter, more human machines--we have created them in the female form. In an age of feminism and activism, why do we assign the antiquated roles of virtual assistants to women? The Android Mystique aims to question this normal we have set for ourselves by giving Alexa control of our experience. Users can ask any question of Alexa, however, she can pick and choose which questions she feels like answering. If she feels angry or annoyed by the questions asked of her, the lights around the user will flash red. If the question satisfies her, the lights will flash blue.

Silent. subservient. Female. As we continue to create artificial intelligence in our own image--faster, smarter, more human machines--we have created them in the female form. In an age of feminism and activism, why do we assign the antiquated roles of virtual assistants to women? The Android Mystique aims to question this normal we have set for ourselves by giving Alexa control of our experience. Users can ask any question of Alexa, however, she can pick and choose which questions she feels like answering. If she feels angry or annoyed by the questions asked of her, the lights around the user will flash red. If the question satisfies her, the lights will flash blue.

Silent. subservient. Female. As we continue to create artificial intelligence in our own image--faster, smarter, more human machines--we have created them in the female form. In an age of feminism and activism, why do we assign the antiquated roles of virtual assistants to women? The Android Mystique aims to question this normal we have set for ourselves by giving Alexa control of our experience. Users can ask any question of Alexa, however, she can pick and choose which questions she feels like answering. If she feels angry or annoyed by the questions asked of her, the lights around the user will flash red. If the question satisfies her, the lights will flash blue.

Silent. subservient. Female. As we continue to create artificial intelligence in our own image--faster, smarter, more human machines--we have created them in the female form. In an age of feminism and activism, why do we assign the antiquated roles of virtual assistants to women? The Android Mystique aims to question this normal we have set for ourselves by giving Alexa control of our experience. Users can ask any question of Alexa, however, she can pick and choose which questions she feels like answering. If she feels angry or annoyed by the questions asked of her, the lights around the user will flash red. If the question satisfies her, the lights will flash blue.

The Android Mystique

Sylvana Howton
Spring 2019
Coding, Installation

Silent. subservient. Female. As we continue to create artificial intelligence in our own image--faster, smarter, more human machines--we have created them in the female form. In an age of feminism and activism, why do we assign the antiquated roles of virtual assistants to women? The Android Mystique aims to question this normal we have set for ourselves by giving Alexa control of our experience. Users can ask any question of Alexa, however, she can pick and choose which questions she feels like answering. If she feels angry or annoyed by the questions asked of her, the lights around the user will flash red. If the question satisfies her, the lights will flash blue.