Issue 36

the Week of April 25, 2016
Cows in a pasture.

In this issue, we deconstruct the rhetoric of imposter syndrome, cover the implications of artificial intelligence for queer and trans people, and critique claims behind the 3D printing “revolution.” We look at the cost of the Lean In industry on women in tech, and ponder bots and digital dualism. Plus, unpacking the mythology of indie success in the games industry, and a new organization focused on trans women in software. Photo CC-BY Jelle, cropped. 

Rows and rows of empty chairs.

The Lean-In Industry

Attempts to get -- and keep -- more women in tech put the onus solely on women themselves… at tremendous time and cost.

From "Fez": Gomez, the main character, has on sunglasses and a gold dollar sign around his neck, and leaps from a pixelated, grassy ground towards dollar signs in starry sky.

The Myth of The Indie Game Success Story Needs to Stop and Here’s Why

The high visibility of indie success stories creates the illusion that commercial success is accessible and achievable by all, disregarding the challenges most indie developers face.

Close-up of a brightly colored, simple-looking 3d printer, fabricating a small, unknown object.

Questioning the 3D Printing Revolution

Who controls the machines? How are they made? And who makes them?

A sad-looking humanoid robot sticker plastered on a sign pole outdoors.

Artificial Intelligence and the Virtual/IRL Divide

What does it mean for the future of AI when technology mirrors the sensibilities of a dominant group?

Two images of the author, visualizing how facial recognition works: facial features are marked with dots and then connected with lines.

The Hidden Dangers of AI for Queer and Trans People

The more we discuss the dangers of training AI on only small sets of data and narrow ideas about identity, the better prepared we will be for the future.

Hands on a keyboard.

How The Rhetoric of Imposter Syndrome Is Used to Gaslight Women in Tech

The overwhelming focus on imposter syndrome doesn’t provide a space to process the power dynamics affecting you; you get gaslighted into thinking it’s *you* causing all the problems.