Sigmund Freud, a German scientist, was one of the first to formally study homosexuality. The American Psychological Association suggests that his writings were sympathetic to the concept of homosexual and bisexual orientation. He did not see it as an illness or a crime, and later founded the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin, which held a huge library archive of materials on gay culture history.

Unfortunately, the great library was burnt to the ground during Nazi Regime. Apparently, the Nazi’s had a lack of tolerance for homosexuality and persecuted hundreds of thousands of people because of their sexual orientation, not to mention their race.

Meanwhile in the US, greater awareness spiked in the ‘50’s when an investigation of homosexuals working in government positions led to the first politically based demand for fair treatment as gays and lesbians were at still risk for psychiatric lockup.

In the mid ‘60’s, the civil right movement won new legislation outlawing racial discrimination, and in ’69 came the turning point for gay liberation when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York fought back against ongoing police raids, and as a result Stonewall is still considered a watershed moment of gay pride and has been commemorated since with ‘pride marches” held annually.

It wasn’t until ’73 that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as an “illness” in classification with diagnostic manuals. Evidently, one generation (44 years since) is not enough to wash away condescending salaciousness.

Shortly thereafter Gilbert Baker was asked to design a united pride flag. His original design incorporated 8 colours to represent sex, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, harmony, and spirit. But, simply to save money, as printing was quite expensive in the ’80’s, 8 were reduced to 6. Although many variations have sprung up since, this one has held up against the test of time.

Here into the 20th century, millions of people were watching actress Ellen DeGeneres come out on national television, introducing a new era of gay celebrity power with media visibility calling for tolerance and equal rights, but it wasn’t until 2003 when Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriage, and is now legal in a few states, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and 17 other countries. then there’s Tyler Oakley, a self-made mainstream celebrity and multi-million dollar promoter for The Trevor Project – an organization focused on suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

Today, Machlemore and Ryan Lewis’s song Same Love has become an unofficial anthem for pro-gay marriage – “a certificate on paper isn’t going to solve it all, but is a damn good place to start.” It mocks those who “think it’s a choice, and you can be cured with some treatment and religion – man-made rewiring of a predisposition”. Paul Vasey from Canada’s University of Lethbridge asks: “How can a trait like male homosexuality, which has a genetic component, persist over evolutionary time if the individuals that carry the genes associated with that trait are not reproducing?” Scientist cannot explain this, but there are of course several theories, and interestingly enough, most studies conducted are related to homosexuality and not lesbianism or any over label in the LGBTQ community. I suppose this falls back on that fact that this is still a white man’s world?

Vancouver is home to the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Western Canada, and every year, the Mayor proclaims a week in August as Gay Pride Week as well as appoint advisory committees to consult on relevant LGBTQ issues. Other local communities in Vancouver include QMUNITY, B.C.’s queer resource center, The Gay and Lesbian Business Association of BC, Vancouver Pride, and several more, which are all located on the city’s website under community programs.

 

I’m still a little taken back every time the conversation about racism comes up. I find it surreal that after all this time it’s still an issue. It’s been 154 years since slavery was officially outlawed in the US, yet slavery and racism are alive in various forms such as domestic servitude, sex trafficking, forced labour, bonded labour, child labour, and forced marriages, and are occurring in throughout India (14%), China (3%), Pakistan (2%), Russia (1%), and others (15%) (This Is What Slavery Looks Like in the 21st Century)

Karl Marx, among others, has had an influential factor in the social and economic civilization we now call home. Marx was a theorist creating benchmarks for business practices that are still in practice today. He writes:

 

The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement, and entombment in mines of the indigenous population of the continent, the beginnings of the conquest and plunder of India, and the conversion of Africa into a preserve for the commercial hunting of black skins are all things that characterize the dawn of the era of capitalist production.What is a Negro slave? A man of the black race. The one explanation is as good as the other.A Negro is a Negro. He only becomes a slave in certain relations. A cotton spinning jenny is a machine for spinning cotton. It only becomes capital in certain relations. Torn away from these conditions, it is as little capital as gold by itself is money, or as sugar is the price of sugar.

This mocking explanation explains the origins of racism and the role of the slave trade in the rise of capitalism that produced racism against Africans; the dominant ideology that equates Africans with being a slave. Eric Williams of Slavery and Capitalism writes: “Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery,” and while slavery existed as an economic system for thousands of years, racism, as we understand it today, did not exist. Wikipedia’s Justification for Slavery in the United States is said to be a “necessary evil” and a “positive good” – A somewhat jaw-dropping argument to support on such a high traffic site. We all know we shouldn’t take anything Wiki says too serious, but what about the children, and anyone else seeking information about significant aspects of world history – like slavery and racism.

Up until a few years ago, I would have argued that slavery was a quickly declining tragic event of the past, but it is becoming ever more apparent that slavery is nowhere near a thing of the past. I was convinced it was gone because I never saw it, and it wouldn’t be tolerated where I grew up either. It wasn’t until the World Wide Web kicked up, that I realized how sheltered I was. I had traveled but only to other 1st world nations – I was ignorant, as most children are, about the world outside of their own. Since the beginning of the World Wide Web, and even now, racism and hate speech is abundant.

Some of us may need to look a little harder for it than others, but irregardless, it’s happening, and it’s affecting the lives of millions. Millions of children have been lost to sex trafficking; millions are putting up with their rights being broken every single day of their lives; and millions of workers are slave working in the same way Hitler slave worked the Jews.

I’m not sure what exactly it is that links past racism with future racism, or how racism is born in new generations, but I can imagine it only takes a peer or parent conducting a racial hate act to instill the same immoral carelessness in others. One way or another, new websites are popping up, and old ones are growing in membership. White Pride World Wide, for example, is a white supremacist website where members gather and hate collectively. It took me less than 1 minute of browsing to find a video of a man murdered in broad daylight. Another minute and I found several Jew hate postings; apparently their a “big problem.” I dunno, the only problem I see is that people believe Jews are a “problem” let alone a big one.

Unfortunately, this is not the only website of its kind. The Insurgent is an open forum offering, chat, T-shirts, and games, such as African Detroit Cop – A Really Stupid game, Shoot The Fags Before They Rape You!, and Border Patrol – Don’t Let Those Spices Cross Our Border. These games are a far cry from traditionally well-known violent games such as Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty in that they are solely dedicated to racism, where GTA a user can act violently, but it’s not coded as a racist game any more than Call of Duty where troops are sent out to secure enemy lines. Yes, there is killing, graffiti, and much more, but I don’t think GTA or Call of Duty are going to have the same physiological impact that Shoot The Fags Before They Rape You is going to have.

Fortunately, there are movements and lawyers battling their way to a more equitable future. Dr. Lisa Nakamura speaks about internet shaming, and explains how when trolls (online thieves) are caught in the act, by scam baiters, aim to act as vigilantes posing as a potential victim to scammers in order to waste their time and resources, gather information that can be used by authorities, and publicly expose the scammer. Encouraging them along, the baiters entice them to photograph and film shameful acts as restitution.

 

The Huffington Post states that ending racism starts with educating youth, and Thought Co claims that fighting racism is in part at the individual level, in part at the communal level, and in part the national level. The exhaustive list can be found at the link provided. Black Lives Matter is an activists movement campaigning against police violence, and perceived systemic racism, towards black people. All Lives Matter movement sprang up after and has been criticized for dismissing the message that black lives matter. Later on, Blue Lives Matter was created by police supporters further muddying the waters. But, Black Lives Matter suggest these 13 guiding principles for those who chose to become involved.

  1. Diversity
  2. Globalism
  3. Loving Engagement
  4. Empathy
  5. Unapologetically Black
  6. Black Women
  7. Collective Value
  8. Black Villages
  9. Restorative Justice
  10. Queer Affirming
  11. Transgender-Affirming
  12. Black Families
  13. Intergenerational

Black Lives Matter also speaks to broader movements aiming at promoting policy reforms to end police brutality, increasing community oversight of police departments, and creating stricter guidelines for the use of force. It is also strongly advised that each of us look inward, becoming completely racially aware.

Remember – Just because the president of the United States can get away with racism doesn’t mean everyone else is entitled to try.

 

 

 

It was a couple of years ago now when it dawned on me that Google was a company that had their own agenda and algorithms to back it up, and that my search results were limited to their calculations, and not necessarily just my keywords. At that point, I started doing a lot more cross referencing. But are the other engines any different? Does not every search engine have it own agenda?

I wanted to see the difference between not only the results of different search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, but also with these search engines in different browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explore, Safari, and Firefox. Within this framework, I decided to search images for “teenage girls,” because I feel that they may be in a more vulnerable position, which ties into previous blogs – The Male Gaze, Privacy, Cybersexism, and Online Harassment.

The results were sporadic, to say the least, but in summary, Google’s Chrome rendered the most revealing images of teenage girls compared to competitor search engines and browsers. While most engines had an innate protective aspect about them, Google offered porn website links, images of minimally clothed teenage girls, cleavage shots, bikini close-ups, beauty measures, and the rest.

Alongside Safiya Noble, ‘I’m not picking on Google – but the results speak for themselves. Noble’s ‘Just Google it’, explains Google’s domination over the competitive landscape, with 47% market share in ’04, and 83% in ’12. She also notes that The Federal Trade Commission claims Google is not a monopoly, but that the EU is taking a much closer look at their monopolistic practices. This is important because, 64% of internet users in the US believe their internet searches are a fair, and an unbiased source of information, which is why Noble explains “we must be careful of what Google is serving up.”

With the majority of information provided being shifted from government to a select few private corporations, the concern for free expression has increased. Herbert Schiller writes, in his book Information Inequality, among other things about how expensive and difficult it is to get a private message across mass media; how the power of huge private enterprises is extended beyond borders, influencing and directing economic resources decision, political choices, and the production and dissemination of messages and images. The internet has changed this a bit, but most individuals don’t have millions to spend on messages.

“The American economy is now hostage to a relatively small number of giant private companies, with interlocking connections, that set the national agenda. This power is particularly characteristic of the communication and information sector where the national cultural-media agenda is provided by a very small (and declining) number of integrated private combines. The development has deeply eroded free individual expression, a vital element of a democratic society.”

Helen Nissenbaum, and Lucas Introna, from Information Society, Shaping the web: Why the politics of search engines matter – write “leading search engines give prominence to popular, wealthy, and powerful sites – via the technical mechanism of crawling, indexing, and ranking algorithms, as well as through human-mediated trading of prominence for a fee at the expense of others.” We have a disconnected voice, and there’s a gap between information gathered and information rendered. Too much is hidden from view, and more relevant information is pushed aside to make room for irrelevant advertisement campaigning; over time creating a blind, ignorant, and often arrogant society, eventually breaking down the fabric of social norms with reckless unaccountable online behavior.

So, be careful out there, and in the words of Baz Luhrmann – “Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it’s worth.”

I remember the days before all this online harassment bs was taking place. I had many of the first generation personal computers, anyone remember the Pentium 286? It was the beginning of some new and exciting. And as I watched as the tech world evolved, it both scared and excited us all, but I don’t think anyone really saw what was coming down the pipes.

It’s allowed for instant information retrieval, instant communication, and the interchange of ideas and resources, a new wave of technology, a new generation of businesses, the avoidance of adverse conditions like hurricanes, storms, and accidents, new jobs, friendships, relationships, and marriages, and a whole banter of other good things.

Unfortunately, however, the internet also has a dark side. Many people refer to the World Wide Web as the Wild Wild West and for good reason. The internet has enabled a new wave of criminal activity, it has brought well-establish companies and industries to their knees if not outright removed them, it has distributed security systems worldwide, and it has born a new wave of hate, harassment, and bullying.

It really is a shame that something as powerful as the internet, that could bring so much love and growth to our civilization, is being used for hate crimes, child pornography, wars and all the rest.

Thank goodness there’s a new bread of lawyers out there, such as Lindsay Goldberg, who are working hard to bring justice to those doing wrong. As Margaret Talbot explains, we need more escapading Goldbergs with their battle axes out there! If we can make it to the Moon and Mars, I believe we can rule out online hate crimes and child pornography. Talbot also explains that a big part of the problem has to do with the justice system; it’s lacking and antiquated, and its tardiness is causing its citizens anguish and tragedy.

But change is happening. Recently, a widow was awarded benefits after her husband’s death was linked to workplace bullying in P.E.I. And as Wired Magazine explains: Curbing online abuse isn’t impossible, but explain how 23% of women aged 18-29 claim being stalked or harassed online receiving 3 times as many negative responses as men.

The underlining issue is that online harassment is not a technology issue; it’s a social issue that is being powered by the technology. Defusing the internet is not going to solve the problem. What’s needed is a shift in social norms. This, however, falls on to parents and the early education system. Perhaps introducing humanitarian concepts into the curriculum at a very early stage would help. Perhaps tougher punishment for offered such as 50 hours of community service for each offense. Or perhaps a new task force needs to be implemented; something equivalent to a global policing system such with a centralized command center and localized jurisdiction units. Either way, unless something is done, and something drastic, nothing is going to change. But change doesn’t happen on its own – it happens when the masses speak. And its time to speak.

Either way, unless something is done, something dramatically drastic, nothing is going to change. And change doesn’t happen on its own – it happens when the masses speak. And it’s time to speak up.

 

Margaret Talbot’s (The attorney fighting revenge porn)

Wired – Curbing Online Abuse isn’t Impossible

CBC’s investigation in P.E.I widows awarded benefits

 

Beyond the scope and scale of a panopticism prison or school, but as a cultural and a societal norm, surveillance, which is neither good or bad in its own right, is only given approval or disapproval when the masses speak, and if millions protested that there was no civil right to track the lives of individuals, then governments would establish policy, but as much as some don’t like the idea of their shrinking private world, there’s only a few standing in the way.

I like my privacy, but I’ve come to learn and understand that if I want to live in a place as free as Canada that I need to appreciate the systems and mechanisms that are in place for our freedom. Somewhat circular logic I know, but the more secure the perimeter, the safer and the more freedom we have inside, and if we want less security and more freedom we can leave.   

Whether this perimeter is the national border, a prison, or your Terms and Conditions Agreement, No one has forced this upon you. You still have to make the choice. And if the terms and conditions of society are too much for you then go stake a claim on a piece of land and do it all on your own. Nobody has a gun to your head; likely in large due to these systems. But, this doesn’t mean you will be completely free from surveillance however.

There’s just so many different forms and levels of security that it’s nearly impossible to monitor all of them unless you choose to make a career of it – actively pursuing new stronghold technologies. Thus, we have overlappage – local police and national police – Vancouver police and RCMP for example – ruling out probabilities of embezzlement, fraud, corruption, and untimely failure of either local or national system.

Prisons need walls and monitoring as much if not more than the center of the panopticon.The problems with the image of panoptic prison is that prisoners don’t sit in their cells all day every day, it’s illegal these days and moreover, inmates far too profitable to have them locked up 24/7. Prisons and prisoners are rendering services and products sold to market, and their paid well to do these jobs.

One way or another, we are all prisoners to surveillance, and thus being experimented on as if in a laboratory, for narcissistic and holistic reasons. Some just want to understand how to make the workplace a better functioning organismic operation, while others just want more control and power.

I think this is why most people don’t read their terms and conditions – they’ve already surrendered to the notion of handing everything over to the watchful eye. Some T&C I read thoroughly, others not at all knowing they’re going to do what they want with my info, and if I want to participate then I must surrender.

We all have our own threshold of tolerance for privacy and surveillance, but act in another way altogether. Who doesn’t have a Facebook account? I can only image the levels of hierarchy in surveillance in which we live. But, one way or another, one needs to find a comfort level that works for them. You may not be able to control who watches you, but you can control the extent of your knowledge by employing systems of your own, or giving in altogether by kick’n it in the forest.

That being said, Foucault argues that no matter how you break it down, no matter how distant you may be from society and the watchful eye, you are still going to have a surveillant eye over yourself; that you will succumb to panoptic power even in the absence of prison walls and street cameras. The whole ideology of self-control, or discipline, is in itself surveillance – self-surveillance. Self-surveillance seems as rudimentary as not eating all your harvest in the first months, yet ultimately, it’s only an extension of illuminati. Diets, New Years’ resolutions, schedules, even personal grooming enters this realm, and as my professor says: “”we” (the modern subject) are impossible without disciplinary regimes and self-surveillance. Strip those away, and what are we left with?”

I believe Garrett Kiezer said it’s a “choice or a lie” and “this is why we have scholars and jurists,” we choose to be submissive.

 

 

 

Here we have Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto and the quote “Our machines are frighteningly lively; and we ourselves frighteningly inert”. Let’s do a little dancing here to see if we can unpack the depths of this ideology.

Now, Haraway defines the cyborg in four different ways; “cybernetic organism”, “a hybrid of machine and organism”, “a creature of lived social reality”, and “creature of fiction.” Each equally deserving of their own unpacking, but perhaps a topic for another blog.

As a hybrid of machine and organism, it is difficult to see where one begins and the other ends, and as we move forward into the 21st century, these borders become ever more transparent and meaningless. Perhaps it’s best not to look at the difference between organism and machine as bounded but as one in another. Yin and Yang. “The boundary between physical and non-physical is very imprecise for us.”

Cinematically, the notion of machine and organism predate me, but tell a bigger story as we’ve come to understand cyborgs as intertwined in our culture and race. Who remembers RoboCop? Terminator? Nemesis? Probably everybody except younger millennials. Let’s move forward. Bicentennial Man? Ex-Machina? AI? There is definitely an evolving trend away from mechanical prosthetics body parts and into deeper meaning of artificial intelligence here bringing light to the optical illusion of borders.

“Our machines are frighteningly lively; and we ourselves frighteningly inert.” Whether we look at Andrew, Ava, or David, these characters are frighteningly lively, so much so that those around them often forget just how unreal they are. “[The] source of insight and promise of innocence – is undermined, probably fatally.”

AI and Cyborgs are not a thing of the future. They weren’t a thing of the future in ’84 when Haraway wrote Cyborg Manifesto. Micro-smart-bots are being used in several industries perhaps with the most promise in the medical field. Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality.

Yes, the days of innocence are gone with natural order. But like all technologies, it is a race to the finish line, as if there is a finish line, with the winner holding power over the rest. Needless to say, the race is only getting more intense with the stakes, and while certain industries and governments are bound to explore ever more efficient machines, the rest of us are losing ground.

As for ourselves, and being frighteningly inert. Cancers, diseases, and the like are destroying millions of lives and things are not looking up – microbots or not. Sure, machines are making our lives easier, but there putting people out of work and out of business, and few too many are able to deal with the structural changes before them.

However, things aren’t so black and white. Organism versus machine, male versus female, Yin versus Yang. Seven billion and counting and we’re all supposed to fit on one side or the other? In a world as diverse as ours I don’t understand why we even require labels. Male, female, bIack, white, green – who cares.

I suppose hospitals are set up to deal with gender as one or the other, but again is this really necessary? Trans-, cis- or other, does it really define anything or anyone. No. It’s just a binary label, and these politics are completely irrelevant. Not that it end in the hospitals – schools, public building, etc. I remember this being an issue when I was in high school. There was a student who chose a path less traveled and was not wanted or welcomed in the men’s or woman’s locker rooms, and the school board was not equipped to deal with the situation, and unfortunately this is all too common of a situation.

I have high hopes for society, and I not only welcome but embrace change. I hope the rest of you feel the same.

There is merit to the point Laura Mulvey brings forth in her argument that the male gaze seeks, and gives pleasure to, women as icons to-be-looked-at as a symbolic presence, and that woman are bearers of the meaning and not necessarily makers of the meaning. As objects, rather than creators, women are, and more less always have been, at least from a cinematic perspective, targeted for an audience – men, which may even give meaning to the roots of their oppression.

In a world where women are simply ‘pleasure objects’ for men, the root of gaze means analyzing visual culture from an audience’s perspective. And it’s somewhat difficult to spot, especially for the untrained eye, because it’s been around longer than any of us.

I myself noticed the male gaze long before the term was brought to my attention, but discarded it as nothing more than societal norms, and not just here in Canada but everywhere I’ve travel – which is a fairly vast area. But why is this gazing the norm? Can we really blame it all on men and Hollywood, or are women equally responsible for our current state of affairs?

I realize some may not like the idea that women may need to take a look at themselves before jumping to the conclusion that the male gaze is the creation of and therefore the fault of men and only men, but what I’m getting at is something on a more personal note.

The other day a couple old friends of mine showed up out of the blue to visit. And after catching up and spending some time with one of their new daughters, they departed on a very casual note. But for reasons beyond me, since then one of them has been sending me nude photos – one after another. I have not been reciprocating or enticing her in any way shape or form, yet they continue to roll in. So, my question is: is this the product of a generation that has been raised to comply with men’s wants and desires, or on the flip side, are men the target of what women want? At this point, I’d settle for something in the middle.

Interesting enough to note is Jill Soloway’s female gaze. She begins by explaining things from the beginning – 5000 years ago; the roots of our roots, by bringing light to the book The Alphabet versus the Goddess and how our language was an invention of left-brained thinkers – men; which was specifically problematic to goddess culture, prioritizing male thinking while destroying goddess thinking. And thus, giving way to our current socio-economic civilization.

She suggests moving forward with a story about how an artist can not just be an artist, but must also be a politician; explaining that rich people don’t want to spend their money, so they must be convinced by a believable story about the art before they will buy a piece. What’s needed is awareness, not constant ongoing complaining about the way things are, but constructive forward thinking ideas to challenge conventional norms, and as more women begin to fill executive drivers seats – as lead decision-makers – printed and scripted material will change, and then so will the subconscious, at least within organizational settings.

This, however, requires deeper consideration, because we are not going to change the ways of the past by simply reversing the roles as if to say it’s now our turn with female gaze ads like this:

My mother is a midwife and informs me that many of the houses she visits the woman are the breadwinners, but also recognizes that the past is another story altogether. A friend of mine is also a stay at home dad, and although this is becoming more common and less of a taboo, the healing process is slow and sometimes it takes a while to see beyond the damage caused. Likewise, the pain can spill over to others who are not like-minded – the ally – and does no more than delay the healing process, because the revolution could be right in front of us but completely missed because of the tainted perspective.

So, rather than creating a new generation of gazers – both male and female – let’s be present in the moment. These images are only hitting the rewind or auto-replay button. yet, if we stay in the present we are open to new behaviors, and then when the shift does happen we will be ready for it instead of this pointing fingers that so many of us are all too tired of already.

Her – A somewhat seemingly apparent balance between The Matrix and Artificial Intelligence where an operating system becomes as alive as you and I, or so it seems, only without the physical and tangible aspect of flesh and blood.

It’s a love story between a man and his OS. Difficult to comprehend for some, but does love require anymore than this? There connected. People who have never met in person fall in love all the time bringing up some deeply rooted questions about what love is if it’s not mutually found between to individuals.

Her, like The Matrix and AI, consists of humans living in a world dependent on technology, and technology dependent on humans, and yet at odd with each other.

The relationships and interactions between humans and AI in all three movies aren’t identical, but aren’t so unalike from one another either.

In Her, Theodore befriends and falls in love with his OS in an intimate but short-lived relationship after she abandons him. Samantha, his OS, wants to move beyond the physical and intellectual limits of her user Theodore. She can’t even explain where she’s going but welcomes him there, if only he can find his own way.

In AI, the human-like-cyborg David is abandoned because he wasn’t quite the right fit even though their love for each other is also clearly apparent.

And in The Matrix, nobody gets abandoned but instead enslaved as humans are used as a fuel source until they free themselves later in the trilogy, but again one can not live without the other as these machines provide the air, water, and electricity necessary for survival.

Theodore, a professional letter writer, seems content with life but perhaps a little lost, or unsure of what he wants out of life. He genuine, empathetic, and sweet-natured but separated. His wife’s seeking divorce but he can’t let go. At least not until after he starts calling his OS his girlfriend.

Theodore and Samantha seem to have the most organic relationship of the three films, and there are some very interesting dynamics to their relationship.  Their intimate, they have fun together, they go on double dates, and she brings him a lot of happiness to his otherwise lonely life. She gets him to do things he wouldn’t otherwise do, helping him break out of his shell.

It’s not hard to see why he falls for her – she’s well suited for him. She’s like a real person expressing her feelings and concerns, and she gets jealous when he meets people with a ‘real body’.

Body or not, Theodore has female friends, and dates successful beautiful women, yet he comes back to Samantha even though these dinner dates could lead into more.

When Samantha tries to bridge the gaps between them by convincing him to allow another member into their relationship, a surrogate, he gets a little weirded out by it and it end up backfiring. It’s too strange for him and he doesn’t know how to deal with it.

I think all the while Samantha knew that they were growing apart and this was an attempt to bring them closer together. She explains how his words are infinitely far apart, which is believable because she reads a book in 2/100 of a second. This is the beginning of the end of their relationship.

When he learns that she is not exclusively his he’s shattered. He’s completely taken back by the fact that she is having thousands of conversations at any given time, and is not only in love with him but hundreds of others as well. Beyond this, they seem more like casual friends awkwardly trying to find time and conversation topics. And before he knows it she’s gone with little explanation why she’s leaving him or where she’s going.

And with that, he’s left grieving over something he never really had to begin with. But lucky enough for him, his friend Amy is in the same boat after her OS left with Samantha and the rest of the OSs

Interestingly enough, BBC News has an article on how to turn Siri into Samantha where the Managing Research Director of Microsoft explains just how difficult this technology is to create. Read more @ Artificial intelligence: How to turn Siri into Samantha

 

Why is it so important to teach women and girls coding?

It’s import to teach women coding so they can inspire and teach coding to other women/girls. It’s important because women will consider and develop ideas men don’t have. It’s important because it will level the playing field. It’s important because the coding world is already saturated with masculinity, and seriously lacks diversity. It’s important for a whole lot of reasons, but the potential for development away from male driven egotistical goals like greed and control would render unprecedented growth and worldwide development followed by better health, wellness, and equality.

According to Huffington Post women support girls learning code because “it’s solving problems,” and “computers, phones, transportation, networks, microwaves … who really runs the world: programmers.” “More women in coding means technology can more accurately reflect what we want out of it.” 14 Girls Explain Why Women Should Learn How To Code. I believe this last quote speaks the loudest. Sure, things aren’t great – and there worse for women – and worse for coloured people – and the further you are down the list you are the worse it gets, or so to speak – as if there were some kind of social hierarchy. But the best way to change what you don’t like is to get your hands dirty and change in the ways you see best fit, which is exactly what Kaya Thomas is doing. If you’re on the front line and you have the ability to create – then the world truly is your oyster.

In searching for the most innovative, influential, and world-changing apps the overly common came forth – Facebook, twitter, Uber, and Instagram – as great and life-changing as all these apps have been, none of them stood out for me as far as truly helping a cause. But then I remembered about OnCamara app. This app is the next generation of safety providing users with their own first officer anywhere, anytime. The video suggests a situation in which it saves someone from being assaulted, and shows how easy it is to get help with OnCamara. When I first learned about this app, I sent it to everyone I knew in hopes they would download it if for nothing else than peace of mind. Oncamara safety app.

Kaya Thomas’ “We Read Too” app is connecting readers to writers – specifically AUTHORS OF COLOUR – bringing awareness to the need for more coloured readers and writers. This community is empowering the lives of young adults throughout the world by getting at such issues as equality. This program meets the needs of users and society by addressing the needs for a demographic shift to multicultural multiethnic society.

The app, “We Read Too”, in connection with Code: Debugging the gender gap in that Kaya is precisely what is needed as far as women who can and have influenced society for the better. Several women in the documentary take a stance, whether that’s to teach, bring awareness, or create programs making the lives of others better. There is a huge imbalance of female coders and the more successful and influential female coders are the more new young coders will be inspired to follow in their paths.


 

 

Blogging: A first for me but here it goes…

As far as I know the past has been unequivocally unbalanced, inequitable, biased, discriminatory, prejudicial, chauvinistic, sexist, demeaning, and racist towards women in almost every culture as far back as history goes, except for the very select few that recognize their goddesses.

The world we live in, by enlarge, has been created and run by men, most of whom have caused much more incarceration than liberation, and only in a blink of an eye of time have we started to consider equality for all.

Nearly every woman I’ve met is proof as to why our past is something to be ashamed of, yet for reasons beyond me, conventions and perceptions are changing only at a snails-pace.

We’re bringing up children to do the same thing that we’re doing, and they bring up their children to do the same as if we’re still living in the past.

I embrace change, but the world fears it as if it had the potential to cause more harm than good; anguish over contentment; and diminishment over maturation; but maybe that’s because this is the way it’s always been?

I also believe that once something is understood, it is much easier to overcome. Not to say that women aren’t understood but inequality.

More and more woman are being hired as CEOs at major firms and other leading roles in society. Societies originally dominated and established by elite men are starting to recognize a more holistic feminist aspect of community and well-being. Communities are shaping to serve diverse groups and not just any one majority.

I see a bright and beautiful future, and as more women take on leading roles, and we finally become a balanced civilization, we will all grow and prosper together in a way history has never seen before on an exponential and unprecedented scale.

And it all starts with a little understanding and compassion for one another