Rant from the Global Digital Humanities conference

we are not the problem - you areThese were just posted, although it appears the conference took place sometime in July. The rant is by Deb Verhoeven @bestqualitycrab about the convention’s all-male “parade of patriarchs” panels.  Transcript (sort of).  The best takeaway quote was extemporaneous, and is not in the transcript:

“This is definitely not about inviting a token female speaker to join you all on the stage.

“Do you know how quotas make us feel? They make us feel like we’re only here because you have quotas, not because we’re great at what we do.”

The rant is followed by a keynote by Genevieve Bell of Intel, along with some of my rough notes.

DH2015 – Keynote: Genevieve Bell:


Siri VS furby video:

Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti – film – first use of the word “robot”, Prague, 1921

Golem of Prague  the word emet (אמת, “truth” in Hebrew) written on its forehead. The golem could then be deactivated by removing the aleph (א) in emet, thus changing the inscription from “truth” to “death” (met מת, meaning “dead”).




Canard digérateur


Steam elephants and hippos – can hide an engine inside http://cyberneticzoo.com/walking-machines/1880-the-steam-house-steel-giant-jules-verne-french/

Eric the Robot, 1928, polite and charming, built by W R Richards, mechanical engineer, for his conference, George the robot to Australia later

Gakutensoku – Japanese robot  1932

Televox – American – built by Westinghouse – voice control to change dam configurations, voice command system in a cardboard box http://cyberneticzoo.com/robots/1927-televox-wensley-american/

Electro, 1939

Last appearance of Electro in film Sex Kittens go to College.  Excerpt with robot:

DARPA robot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA_Robotics_Challenge

Edison singing doll with unpleasant voices

More themes
~the consequences of sentience in anything but ourselves
~uncanny valley
~the Buddha in the robot (inner life) (book)


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