Jack Halberstam on the Good Robot: podcast from the University of Cambridge

July 01, 2021

Jack Halberstam on Tech, Resistance, and Invention

In this episode, we chat to Jack Halberstam, Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University, about the relationship between resistance and invention, and why social media is even worse than we already know. He asks: Why does the state need to know your gender? Why are bodies subjected to technological recognition and how can we evade it? How are homophobia and transphobia operating under the banner of “security”, in, for example, AI used in airports? What’s the glitch in Ex Machina? How has the family shifted during lockdown? and much more. 

Content Warning: This episode contains references to invasive and transphobic practices at the airport. 

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