What AI means for museums, where big decisions loom large

AI is here and Australian cultural institutions must get in on the action, while also ensuring they can keep control of their data.
Two young people (in their twenties) are looking at a large screen image of a colourful AI-generated artwork in a darkened museum gallery space.

For some people, a future where AI dominates their lives is a world they would rather not see.

Many of us worry that AI is giving tech lords unprecedented power and making ordinary people the pawns within their intensely manipulative systems.

While some high-profile tech experts see these semi-dystopian scenarios as being already here (and that genie cannot be put back in its bottle now), many others are instead advocating for AI as a force for good, and as something with the power to aid humanity and solve some of the world’s most pressing concerns.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).