Hints of these experiences lie in d.bot’s microaggressions, including “Where are you from? Chin said submitting her own has been cathartic, and she's hoping that aspect of the project will grow. Instagrams like @byefelipe and the aforementioned @tindernightmares receive hundreds of submissions showing messages men have sent women.In October, Mia Matsumiya entered the spotlight for her Instagram @perv_magnet, where she posts all the sexist and racist messages she’s saved over the course of a decade to call out online harassment. “I want my account to be a place where women can commiserate and men to just learn what women can experience online." The creators were partly interested in creating this chatbot to get at the “subtly chauvinistic or subtly prejudiced comments,” which Collinsworth said are less explored and just as important to acknowledge as the outrageous ones.They're the kind that don't seem offensive on the surface, so d.bot’s messages range from innocuous to extreme.The creators’ hope is that people can engage with long enough to bridge the gap between the two.Why would you want to simulate a conversation with a robot when you already know what it’s like IRL?Chin said that part of it is validation — knowing that is emblematic of a larger problem many people encounter.Since when did Netflix become gendered, let alone “girly”? “I'd say you're like a solid 8...well, at least your body.” “How come women can't seem to take a joke? But the remarks didn’t nag me the way they usually do.Actually, they triggered both laughter and anger, and maybe it was because this time they didn’t come from a person. Its name is d.bot, a web application that simulates conversations women might have with men in online and offline situations.
Their creation has two purposes: One is to explore chatbots and artificial intelligence, and the second is to share a social message.
” When I talked to people about d.bot, a question that came up, mostly from men, was whether actually aligned with my and my peers’ personal experiences.
Even with @tindernightmares, it’s hard for some people to believe these conversations are real. The creators wanted to explore the chat situation because they were curious if online platforms really provide anonymity, and if it's actually different than "just having a conversation with someone who is acting like a douche." The creators said .
You know, the dude who’s creeping on you at the bar or messaging you on Tinder until you unmatch him.
is like Smarter Child of the AOL Instant Messenger days, except he responds to you with pickup lines, back-handed compliments, sexual advances and the repertoire of an unaware misogynist.
Because of that, people are forced to come up with something generic to say in their first few exchanges, which leads to d.bot-like behavior.