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AI in Physical Product Design

If you consider a building to be a product, then I have already described my excitement for the way artificial intelligence is changing the construction industry (hint: Spacemaker AI). It is breathtaking to consider the possibilities for failure and success within this area.

  1. Predicting behaviour can be brilliant, highly manipulative or both. On one hand making you choose more environmentally friendly or recycling a product can be wonderful. Making you addicted to scrolling on the other hand has become such a cliché that it is the obvious counter-example.
  2. Creativity. Something novel can be formed when data science meets engineering, industrial design and social science. We can choose to be equally joyful and critical of where this is leading or what it leads to.

What is this ambiguous word design?

A design is a plan or specification for the construction of an object or system or for the implementation of an activity or process, and/or the result of that plan or specification in the form of a protoype, product or process.

How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Industrial Product Design?

Algorithm-driven design tools is nothing new. Using math in design process is ancient, so why should you care? There is after all seemingly a tidal wave of hype that spurs on the development within the field of AI, yet it is hard to understand how it can be practical or applicable.

  • Automation, the technology by which a process or procedure is performed with minimal human assistance.
  • Learning algorithms, in the sense that we can use machine learning techniques to improve a product or production.
By addressing these five biases first, we can create more inclusive products.

What is #500daysofAI?

I am challenging myself to write and think about the topic of artificial intelligence for the next 500 days with the #500daysofAI. It is a challenge I invented to keep myself thinking of this topic and share my thoughts.

This is inspired by the film 500 Days of Summer where the main character tries to figure out where a love affair went sour, and in doing so, rediscovers his true passions in life.

AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.

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