Hi everyone, Kevin here.
It's been quite some time since my last post here. 😓
In the past few months, I've been discussing how to approach (so-called) "Artificial Intelligence" (AI) from a design perspective with the Design & Critical Thinking community. This translated into a series of articles on the subject, the broader context in which this discussion happen, and the kind of good design principles that can come out of this – along with a critique of what has been done so far.
Beyond the obvious: the need for better metaphors and principles
Interestingly, I participated in IxDA's Interaction23 event during which some speakers talked about this in very different ways. Although not directly related to AI, I found Kate Darling's talk on the relationship between humans and robots and the need for new metaphors to make sense of their “intelligence” really aligned with some of my explorations.
My take on this at the time:
Designing interactions between humans and artificial agents (robots, AI, etc.) is not about the object's features but rather our relationship to their differences, one that we should treat akin to our relationship with animals, as Kate Darling from MIT lab suggests.
In my series of articles, I approach things on a similar note and I propose some principles to use LLMs algorithms like ChatGPT as an extension of a collective understanding, not as an agent that could replace individuals – and why calling these "Artificial Intelligence" don't elicit the kind of metaphors we need to discuss and make sense.
I also touch upon how a Deleuzian philosophy combined with a third perspective approach can help make sense of a liminal situation and come to design principles without resolving the inherent ambiguity.
I elaborated on these elements in a recent interview with the amazing people at Unfuc*d By Design podcast.
A huge thanks to them for giving me the opportunity to share some of my experiences and thoughts about design, design processes, meta-design, complexity and human systems. 🙏
AI for Player Experience and Human Autonomy
Anyways, if you're interested in the topic and are in Switzerland, don't hesitate to join me on Tuesday 13 June 2023, at 6 PM CET in the beautiful city of Lausanne.
Thanks for reading!