WATCH: Is artificial intelligence pushing sexist roles?

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The majority of robot developers are men and it's becoming a problem where robots and artificial intelligence (AI) is concerned since they are now passing society's gender roles into their work. The Don't Call Me.. Bossy presenter asks if this could this be why female robots (or fembots) "are all young, attractive and obliging"?

They're all programmed to be waitresses, receptionists, cleaners or personal assistants. Just like AI programs or apps like Siri, Cortana and Alexa. 

But where are the women in these roles? How do they get a say in how these robots or artificial intelligence is programmed? This video explores how women are working in programming and creating more spaces for women in the industries relating to robotics. 

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