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Bechdel’s Rule – Gender in Film/Movies


This is so simple and yet it is so difficult to find movies that meet the three criteria.

1. Must have more than two women in it (with names as opposed to crowd bg)
2. That talk to each other (not the men)
3. About something other than the men.

I think Bechdel’s Test could be applied to many situations outside of movies too. I mention this a lot to other people half of whom have heard of ‘The Rule’. I have trouble remembering the Bechdel part so I’m blogging it again for the record. The Rule was in a comic drawn by Alison Bechdel in 1985 in ‘Dykes to Watch out For’ and has been referenced in feminist film theory and popular culture as the Bechdel Test.

The Robot State

Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday | Singularity Institute For Artificial Intelligence AU Chapter

August 2, 2010 · Leave a Comment

On 13 June, 2010, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

Art Transhuman - NYT

The Singularity movement sees a time when human beings and machines will merge and overcome illness and perhaps death.
“ON a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, saw it happen.
While the flesh-and-blood version of Mr. Brin sat miles away at a computer capable of remotely steering a robot, the gizmo rolling around here consisted of a printer-size base with wheels attached to a boxy, head-height screen glowing with an image of Mr. Brin’s face. The BrinBot obeyed its human commander and sputtered around from group to group, talking to attendees about Google and other topics via a videoconferencing system.”…
The full article can he found here.

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The RobotState project is taking shape. One of the goals is to counteract the prevalence of disembodied gendered robotics (as evidenced above – and believe me the Singularity guys are all…. guys) with some of the other sides of robotics, unfortunately usually positioned as art not science.