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What Robot Strippers Say About Sexism and Tech

Friday Jan 12, 2018
Two pole-dancing robots built by British artist Giles Walker perform at a gentlemen's club Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas.
Two pole-dancing robots built by British artist Giles Walker perform at a gentlemen's club Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas.   (Source:AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Two robot strippers that made an appearance at a strip club in Las Vegas during the CES technology show have raised questions about gender diversity in the tech industry.

While it was a classic Vegas stunt to draw in gawkers from the world's largest tech convention, their appearance struck a nerve among women who've been speaking up against sexual harassment and for greater participation in the tech industry.

CES organizers say only about 20 percent of this year's attendees were women, along with just two of the 15 keynote speakers.

Organizers said the show had no affiliation with the strip club or the robots and have promised to redouble efforts to add women's voices to the speaker lineup next year.

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