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.


Introduction: Queer(y)ing AI

Part I Genealogies

1. Queering intelligence: A theory of intelligence as performance and a critique of individual and artificial intelligence

2. Neural "freedoms": Population, choice, and machine learning

3. I spy with my little AI: How queer bodies are made dirty for digital technologies to claim cleanness

Part II Materialities

4. We‘re all cyborgs now? Cripping the smart cyborg

5. Uncanny bodies: Queer subjects, artificial surrogates, and ambiguous robotics

6. Patching & hoarding. Recodings of digital reproduction technologies

Part III Speculations

7. Wild Science/Fiction: Conscious AI as queer excess in VanderMeer’s Annihilation. 

8. Innovation and iteration: Queer machines and the mension between manifesto and manifestor

9. AI as medium and message: The (im)possibility of a queer response


10. Inconclusion: Absent presences