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105° Nexa Lunch Seminar – Ideal technologies, ideal women: Looking at Redditors’ AI and gender imaginaries of the Replika chatbot


(University of Loughborough)

Centro Nexa su Internet & Società
Politecnico di Torino, via Boggio 65/a, Torino (1° piano)

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There is extensive literature on how expectations and imaginaries about artificial intelligence (AI) guide media and policy discussions. However, it has not been considered how such imaginaries are activated when users interact with AI technologies. In this presentation, I present findings of a study on how users on a subreddit discussed ‘training’ their Replika bot girlfriend. The discussions featured two discursive themes that focused on the AI imaginary of ideal technology and the gendered imaginary of the ideal bot girlfriend.


Iliana DEPOUNTI is an ESRC PhD researcher in Media and Sociology at the University of Loughborough, UK. Iliana holds a BA in Communication from the American College of Greece, an MA in Digital Media Management from Birkbeck University, London and an MSc in Social Science Research from Loughborough University. Her PhD is about care and companionship with robots and she focuses her research on the AI companion chatbot app Replika. In her PhD she uses science and technology studies, cultural studies and sociology to analyze the interpretative flexibility of technological products. Iliana’s research interests lie in AI, robots, human-machine communication, gender, care and consumer culture.

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