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Much of my work is at the nexus of feminist decolonial, Indigenous, and queer STS; African studies; and socio-legal studies. We are currently working on a project that conducts a discourse analysis of how media sources directed at and by audiences across the continent of Africa are articulating and giving meaning to technologies of artificial intelligence and machine-learning. In reading across several sets of literature for this project, I have been considering two questions:
How does the field of critical code studies draw upon and diverge from feminist decolonial, Indigenous, and queer STS? I wonder what intellectual geneaologies are informing the "critical" in critical code studies?
How might the study of source code enable new understandings of the human and the normative body, while also offering possbilities for building alternative ways of knowing and becoming?
In our research, we have found that media sources, as producers of culture, promote an understanding of AI technologies through a language of modernity and progress. For example, media sources promise that AI will be fast, efficient, productive, adaptable, certain, and precise. How does this inform our conceptions of what it means to be valued as human and/or devalued as less than human?
What would an alternative vision of AI technologies look like? Is it possible to imagine a more inclusive AI future with source code that enables slower movement, sideways thinking (Puar), queer use (Ahmed), situated knowledges (Haraway), queer failure (Halberstam)?