I’m Os Keyes, a PhD student at the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centred Design & Engineering, where I mostly work on myself.
When I am not working on myself, I study (very generally) gender, disability, technology and/or power. I want to understand the role technology plays in constructing the world, and how we might construct a better one. Specific research questions I’m interested in or working on include:
- How do facial recognition systems encode and inscribe notions of race and gender? For that matter: what notions?
- What role does science and biomedicine play in measuring or authenticating trans existences?
- What implications does artificial intelligence have for disability in general, and autism in particular?
- How does classification shape people? How do those people resist that shaping?
Answering these questions involves too many books and influences (and methods, and disciplines). Right now I like Medina, Hacking, Star, Plummer, Srinivasan and Mbembe. Sometimes I even pretend to be smart enough to understand Mbembe. Aside from all of that, I am supported by and an inaugural winner of the Ada Lovelace Fellowship, and also teach in Seattle University’s honours program for fun.
I can be contacted for random questions, speaking engagements and offers of high-value cheques at okeyes
. edu. Please note my title is “Mx”, not “Ms”, “Miss”, or “Mr”.