This volume offers a socio-technical exploration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it reflects and reproduces certain normative representations of gender and sexuality, to ultimately guide more diverse and radical discussions of life with digital technologies.

Moving beyond the examination of empirical examples and technical solutions, the book approaches the relationship between queerness and AI from a theoretical perspective that posits queer theory as central to understanding AI differently. The chapters pose questions about the politics and ethics of machine embodiments and data imaginaries on the one hand, and about technical possibilities for a production of social identities characterised by shifting diversity and multiplicity on the other, as they are mediated by and through digital technologies.

Transgressing disciplinary boundaries to engage a diversity of conceptual tools, critical approaches, and theoretical traditions, this book will be an important resource for students and researchers of gender and sexuality, new media and digital cultures, cultural theory, art and visual culture, and AI.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.

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part I|52 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Queering intelligence

A theory of intelligence as performance and a critique of individual and artificial intelligence
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chapter 2|17 pages

Neural “freedoms”

Population, choice, and machine learning
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chapter 3|16 pages

I spy, with my little AI

How queer bodies are made dirty for digital technologies to claim cleanness
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part II|51 pages


chapter 4|13 pages

We're all cyborgs now?

Cripping the smart cyborg
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chapter 5|21 pages

Uncanny bodies

Queer subjects, artificial surrogates, and ambiguous robotics
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chapter 6|15 pages

Patching and hoarding

Recodings of period tracking apps
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part III|51 pages


chapter 7|18 pages

Wild Science/Fiction

Conscious AI as Queer Excess in VanderMeer's Annihilation
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chapter 8|17 pages

Innovation and iteration

Queer machines and the tension between manifesto and manifestor
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chapter 9|14 pages

AI as medium and message

The (im)possibility of a queer response
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chapter 10|8 pages


Absent presences
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