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Tavia Nyong'o

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479856275

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479856275.001.0001

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Chore and Choice

Chore and Choice

The Depressed Cyborg’s Manifesto

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Tavia Nyong'o

NYU Press

This chapter explores the emergence of artificial intelligence as a challenge for theories of post-humanism that fail to center blackness and queerness. Through a reading of the black transfeminine “mind-clone” Bina48—a robot whose affective states mirrors the structural antagonism that the black female subject presents to normative temporalities of technological advance—the chapter seeks to contribute to a nascent field of critical black code studies.

Keywords:   black code studies, transgender studies, artificial intelligence, robots, affect, post-humanism, transhumanism

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