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Re: Bits from the WNPP: RFH tag

On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 23:08, Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net> wrote:
> If we're going to play the Political Correctness game, we should take the
> commonly used[1] terms 'zie' and 'zer':

What about "ve" and "ver" as used in books by Greg Egan (which I highly 
recommend reading BTW).  They are probably just Anglicised versions of "zie" 
and "zer" though (which may make them more appropriate for this purpose).

On Wed, 4 Aug 2004 00:04, Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder 
<avbidder@fortytwo.ch> wrote:
> Or just use 'it'.  Makes sure that those questions don't re-appear when
> AI finally reaches a high level or when the first trained monkey
> becomes DD.

Monkeys have gender too.  Even a pet monkey that's been spayed will probably 
prefer a gender specific term of address (we don't refer to eunuchs as "it").

As for an AI, having the freedom from physical form it would be able to choose 
whichever gender it wishes.  I don't imagine that an AI which is recognisably 
human enough to willingly work on human projects would fail to identify 
itself with a human gender.

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