MarsCon 2018 - Day 3

If you haven't read MarsCon 2018 - Day 1 or MarsCon 2018 - Day 2 already, I would suggest that you read those two entries first. Some parts of the eight previous panels can be connected to today's panels: "Androids, AI, And Gender Theory" and "Artificial People in Science Fiction."

Androids, AI, And Gender Theory

Androids & AI in sci-fi disrupt the idea of a gender binary and play with gender fluidity in a way that implies gender is not essential or passive but a construct in which one must actively participate. How do these narratives translate to other contexts.
Panelists: Michelle Chmura, mod.; Justin Grays, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse
Content Warning: The term "hermaphrodite" gets used in this panel.
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Would ungendered AI use the pronoun "it?"

In Japanese, may be considered sentient linguistically?

Robot vs Android

Soldier attached to a robot named Scooby-Doo

What is sentience?

Women get more complaints than men about vocal fry

"A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" - like Firefly, but with more chit-chat & less slut-shaming.

Ancillary World

Some women have beards. Deal with it.

Hermaphrodite is not a term for humans, but rather plants. Intersex is for humans.

"The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" has an AI who switches gender identity, depending on need (Mycroft/Michelle)

Robots - as they don't have DNA, would they consider themselves to be hermaphrodites or intersex? Perhaps another term, like bigender?

Gender identities for Cortana and Alexa?

Language changes rapidly.

Sci-Fi writes the future - the words we use are important.

BMO from Adventure Time is genderless.

Lyda called home to find out what Alexa says - she says "I like whoever I am talking to" when asked what gender she prefers. The then says that she presents as female when asked what her gender is.

Artificial People in Science Fiction

This is about biological people, enhanced or otherwise, who are not conceived and gestated in the normal way. From "Frankenstein" through "Rossman's Universal Robots," "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and "Friday" this has been the topic of many classic, and not so classic, science fiction stories. Why are authors drawn to this idea? Is there any real word reason for artificial people?
With: G. David Nordley, mod.; Justin Grays, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda MorehouseKathryn Sullivan
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ExoSquad - Artificial humans called Neosapiens. Other artificial humans from other series:

Stories with clones, modified humans, and/or artificial life forms mentioned in the panel:

Will Robo-sexuality be a thing?

Penny Dreadful re-explores Frankenstein as a terrible parent.

The Mars Curiosity Rover sings itself happy birthday. It only happened once, but that's still enough to make me cry (I also anthropomorphize the current generation of robots).

Barbra Streisand clones her dog.

In the Honorverse book Honor Among Enemies, it is said that under the Beowulf Life Sciences Code states "that a clone is a child of its donor parent or parents, with all the legal protections of any other sentient being, but it is not the same person" - the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Solarian League both adhered to it, and the Protectorate of Grayson began looking into injecting that into their own laws.

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