What does the term 'technologies of care' mean? What changes does the appearance of cute robots and artificial intelligent assistants bring to everyday life? We already live in a period when playful and tireless machines continuously learn from us and respond to our needs and desires. Providing services of an affective character, they come in perfect accordance with the neoliberal call for self-care and -optimization, and they promise to be of help on an individual and societal level. This talk will address the challenges of the affective infrastructures of our times, bringing into the discussion artistic responses and critical perspectives. Special attention will be payed to the instrumentalisation and commodification of care, with references to works and topics that were discussed in the framework of transmediale festival 2019 and the Engineering Care Web Residencies by Solitude & ZKM.