Stories of men building women have been a recurring trope from ancient myths to modern science fiction. With the dream of man-made, artificial life on the brink of becoming true, it seems an important moment to question this narrative before it becomes a reality.
A male-dominated tech industry has produced both female sex robots and feminine AI voice assistants, but what is the role of gender in a technological landscape divorced from biology? Immaterial Girls is a digital publication about these artificial women, trying to make sense of their existence and inviting speculation as to their futures. Why do they look the way they do, why do they need a gender, and why does their appearance and behaviour have to match ours? Most importantly, what values do we, as humans, want to keep in mind when creating an artificial intelligence that may equal ours within a lifetime?