Many thanks to my Facebook friend, Dan, for finding this on YouTube and passing it along!
Ever thought of this? How should a computer be referred to in terms of gender? Is it a “he” or a “she?”
A computer science professor at a community college asked his students that question. Then he broke the class down into two groups—men on one side, women on the other. They had 10 minutes to make their decision and give their reasons as to why they believed that to be true. Here’s what they came up with:
Male Students—Unanimous—Computers should be referred to in the feminine gender.
- No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
- When computers speak to each other, they speak in code language that only they and experts can understand.
- Every mistake you make is stored on their hard drive for later retrieval.
- As soon as you commit to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessorizing it.
Female Students—Unanimous—Computers must be referred to in the masculine gender.
- First of all, to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
- They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves.
- They’re supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time, they are the problem.
- As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you’d waited a little longer, you could’ve gotten a better model.
Stay safe, healthy, and happy!
Until next time,