The state of creative AI today?
Creative AI assistants:
The state of AI today means that developers can readily create tools to assist with the design process. These tools use similar algorithmic systems to create their outcomes as those which were discussed in chapter two, using divergent and convergent processes, they can help the designer in their journey towards the ultimate product.
One specific example of this technology would be the ability to simply type in the design asset you want and the machine will generate it. Imagine asking it to generate a "black button containing the text (machine)" and you would get something like this:
It's important to note that this kind of technology risks the integrity of the design sphere to some extent. Hypothetically it could be used alongside sites such as SquareSpace among others with already established website building tools. But if someone made it freely available, the impact of such a software would be huge.
It's suggested that artists and creatives like Illustrators will be some of the last to be affected by AI automation taking over jobs, at around 1.5 to 5%.
Despite studies showing that the creative sector will be one of the last few to feel the full force of AI automation, it's already starting to happen. For example, asset resizing, a key component of bringing dated assets like your parents old school photos to remastering vintage game libraries to modern standards. For some time this was undertaken by professionals using both Photoshop and Lightroom to enhance the photos. Now, we have software that can do it for us. One such example would be letsenhance.io and this Trump image.
The projected increase for the AI market size is expected to increase ten fold by the year 2027. This in turn generates more jobs for humans.
With the ever increasing demand and integration of AI into the economy, designers need to be aware of the ever increasing integration of AI into design tools as well. Whether that's the potential takeover of coding roles or automation of simple processes like generating icons. You may be surprised to know that this entire website was created by AI assisted design, from tools like, UIbot and Khroma.
One of the most advanced AI design technologies developed so far is to do with GPT-3, it's called UIzard. It's a website where you can upload basic sketches to their website and by using their AI algorithms with the very same methods of visual learning discussed earlier, it can create a mockup within 30 seconds of your sketch.
This is the result, although rudimentary, within 30 seconds of using their software I can create a wireframe with enough detail to convey an understanding of a website's design. Imagine however being able to do this at scale. Since the development of such tools is in early stages, it's still quicker and easier for someone like myself to design a wireframe within Figma manually. However, over time these tools will become better and easier to work with, they can take away parts of the product development like wire-framing and make them obsolete.
Ericsson, a highly reputable telecommunications and networking expert, forecasts that automation now has the ability to reach into creative work, further strengthening my findings in this essay.
They've established that schools and educational institutions that foster continuous learning will better reap the benefits of the AI revolution we are seeing today.
This is due to the fact that AI self-improvement happens over time through continuous learning much like a school child would as we have discovered previously.
A likely future:
Looking into the future, it's said that instead of having a sentient AI like those portrayed as Skynet, the more likely plausible future would be that tech CEO's would integrate more automation/AI to their companies, as this has been found to increase productivity. They would then get to such a stage that they would rely on automation/AI and would be able to out-produce competitors to create more cars, artwork or food at speed.
- It's suggested that AI will free up time for humans to focus more on how a certain service or design would work than actually building it. This will eventually lead to a boom in innovation.
- Most CEO's believe that AI will have a larger impact than the internet. This in and of itself focuses investment which brings me onto my next point.
- PWC reports that business not only embrace AI but those that do have found a significant positive boost in terms of their productivity.