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Weird science: Jeanette Winterson talks writing, teaching and queer visions of the future

Jeanette Winterson’s inventive fiction has always pushed boundaries. She tells AN Devers why her new novel is taking on gender-fluidity and the rise of humanoid robots

By AN Devers   June 2019

Jeanette Winterson talks to AN Devers. Photo: ILLUSTRATION BY TIM MCDONAGH

The world doesn’t yet realise, Jeanette Winterson tells me, that the robots are here—and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer science fiction. Earlier I had mentioned seeing a headline about how Amazon’s Alexa is eavesdropping on its users. “Yeah, it’s really upon us, and people don’t get it,” says Winterson.

“Lots of people haven’t even seen the YouTube videos of Sophia the robot, created by Hanson Robotics.” Sophia is a humanoid apparently capable of 50 facial expressions. “They…

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