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Alexa is a Dude!

     It's Black Friday and we are awash in "tech promotions", especially this year, "Virtual Assistants".  It may well be the case that your family, both young and old, simply cannot survive without a hovering set of eyes and ears offered up by Silicon Valley Alphas..  Not surprisingly these pre-droid friends have mostly feminine names,  like Siri, Alexa, etc.  The gender evoking names plays both to "me too" and the increasingly ego challenged guys, just happy to still control anyone/anything. 

     There is, however, a subtle but ominous, gender play loaded into this emerging paradigm shift.  We are entering a reality space where humans are no longer what we eat, what we see, what we dream....we are now, in large measure, what our VA's (virtual assistant) have identify/published as the optimum Baysian inferred responses to our precedent states of awareness.  Our consciousness is indeed being assembled by our Apple Watch and other  transmission device on which we rely to provide adverb instructions from the cloud. If this isn't the most absurd strategy for "doing 80 years", I don't know what is.....

    Although few who push the Amazon one-click buy button tomorrow have any idea what/who/it is that emerges from the cloud with all the answers, they would be well cautioned to know that this endlessly expanding "neural networks" orchestrating our lives.......well they,  the NNs (neural networks), had parents, euphemistically speaking. Although increasingly running on "feedback drive", i.e. facebook, the origin scaffolding/algorithms were parented by a small cadre of GenX/GenY Alphas using their own cultural insights to ground what is and will forever be, our God.

     And for the "finale".  The NN parentage cadre is 88% male.  Make of this what you will.... remembering that your assessment is already teed up... up there in the cloud....  just waiting for your VA to awaken you with your "male biased" personal choice! 

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