Design a Feminist Chatbot Course - UAL Creative Computing Institute

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Learn how to design and prototype a chatbot that doesn't reinforce harmful gender stereotypes.

Explore how ideas from feminism can help you design chatbots for good

We live in an age of conversations powered by artificial intelligence. From customer service chatbots to bots that help you meditate, conversational interfaces are becoming part of our everyday lives – some helping us to automate human work, and others aiming to improve wellbeing.

Yet chatbots can easily reinforce harmful gender stereotypes or promote discriminatory behaviour if their designers aren’t careful.

On this course, you’ll study feminism and its relationship to technology in order to help you build a feminist chatbot. You’ll learn feminist design tools and basic coding skills, before applying them to designing and programming a chatbot of your own.

What topics will you cover?

  • Feminism and its relationship to technology.
  • Feminist design tools.
  • Feminist approaches to conversation design.
  • Basic coding in a collaborative coding environment.
  • Prototyping a feminist chatbot.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Explore current uses of chatbots and how they work.
  • Interpret concepts of feminism and their relationship to technology.
  • Explore feminist design tools and how they can be applied to chatbot development.
  • Design a chatbot conversation using Whimsical flowcharts.
  • Produce a prototype of a chatbot using Glitch, a community programming environment.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in the social implications of technology, specifically the ethical issues surrounding chatbot design.

People curious about coding would benefit from this course, as would academics in the feminist or tech communities.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Essential Creative Technologies collection from UAL Creative Computing Institute, Lancaster University and the Institute of Coding.

What software or tools do you need?

We’ll be asking you to use some other online tools and platforms such as Glitch during the course.

Who will you learn with?

Charlotte Webb

I am the co-founder of Feminist Internet, a non-profit that aims to make the Internet more equal by combining feminism, technology, art and design.

Alexander Fefegha

Co-founder at COMUZI, a design studio.

Associate Lecturer at University of Arts London Creative Computing Institute.

Who developed the course?

UAL Creative Computing Institute

The UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI) offers innovative new courses, research opportunities and a public platform to explore computer science and creative practice.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.

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Last updated Sep 2020

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