From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary?
If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators?
Speculative fiction anthology Mother of Invention, edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael, is a showcase of diverse, challenging stories about women as creators of Artificial Intelligence and robots, forthcoming in September 2018 from award winning Australian publisher Twelfth Planet Press. Pre-order now from Amazon or from crowd funding site BackerKit. We’re excited to share Roberts and Rafael’s introduction to the anthology below!