1st Edition

Queer Reflections on AI Uncertain Intelligences

    204 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.


    Introduction: Queer AI

    Michael Klipphahn-Karge, Ann-Kathrin Koster, Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss

    Part I Genealogies

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

    Blair Attard-Frost

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

    Orit Halpern

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

    Nishant Shah

    Part II Materialities

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

    Ute Kalender

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

    Michael Klipphahn-Karge

    6. Patching & hoarding: Recodings of period tracking apps

    Katrin Köppert

    Part III Speculations

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

    Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss

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

    Carsten Junker

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

    Johannes Bruder


    10. Inconclusion: Absent presences

     Os Keyes


    Michael Klipphahn-Karge is an art historian at Technische Universität Dresden and Editor of the peer-reviewed online journal w/k Between Science and Art.

    Ann-Kathrin Koster is a Research Associate at the Weizenbaum-Institute, Berlin.

    Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss is a media theorist and curator at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.