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Intersectional Automations: Robotics, AI, Algorithms, and Equity

Book edited by Nathan Rambukkana.
Published by Lexington Books.
282 pages.

Explores a range of situations where robotics, biotechnological enhancement, artificial intelligence (AI), and algorithmic culture collide with intersectional social justice issues such as race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship. As robots, machine learning applications, and human augmentics are artifacts of human culture, they sometimes carry stereotypes, biases, exclusions, and other forms of privilege into their computational logics, platforms, and/or embodiments. The essays in this multidisciplinary collection consider how questions of equity and social justice impact our understanding of these developments, analyzing not only the artifacts themselves, but also the discourses and practices surrounding them, including societal understandings, design choices, law and policy approaches, and their uses and abuses.

Table of Contents

Algorithms, Machine Learning, and Inequity

  • Blind Trust, Algorithmic Discrimination, and Self-Regulation in Facebook Advertisements — Chloé L. Nurik
  • Faking Age? Ageing and the Algorithmic Assemblage — Kim Sawchuk, Scott DeJong, and Maude Gauthier
  • Was All Fun and Games: Gamewashing Automated Control — Sebastián Gómez
  • From Automating to Informating: Toward a Productive Model of Human/Machine Collaboration in Higher Education — Jordan Canzonetta

Robots and Social Justice

  • The Misogyny of Transhumanism — Nikila Lakshmanan
  • Are We All Too Human? Toward an Understanding of Posthumanism and Rights — Julia A. Empey
  • Being Sophia: What Makes the World’s First Robot Citizen? — Madelaine Ley
  • Robosexuality and Its Discontents — Nathan Rambukkana
  • Robots as Caretakers: Understanding Long-Term Relationships Between Humans and Carebots — Jamie Foster Campbell and Kristina M. Green

Part 3: Posthuman Fictions, Futures, and Bodies

  • Im/Material Bodies: Queering Embodiment Through Performance Art and Technology” — Joep Bouma
  • Estranged World: Tenets of Xenofeminism and Tropes of Automated Alienation in Contemporary Alien Films — Christopher M. Cox
  • Simulation and Synesthesia in Rez: Virtual Reality and the Queer Erotechnics of Becoming-Machinic — tobias c. van Veen

About the Editor

Nathan Rambukkana is assistant professor in communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.