Mothering AI: Who’s up to the job?

We’ve reached the third decade of the 21st century, and ‘smart’ devices and software are everywhere—many hidden in plain sight. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is just the latest turn and term. Following global pandemic-enforced isolation, in which we were all ‘administered to’ through digital connection, it feels as if the digital revolution has gone into overdrive. From the Australian government’s damaging Robodebt scheme, to large language model AIs and surrealist renderings from text‑to-image AIs looming over swathes of jobs in the creative industries, the lid of Pandora’s Box has not just lifted, but disintegrated.

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