Being designerly is all about thinking, feeling and acting like a designer. One designerly behavior is applying design to emerging technologies and applications to make them more human-centered. One such field is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), the science of training machines to perform tasks traditionally done by humans, or requiring human intelligence. These intelligent systems are taught how to carry out tasks without being explicitly programmed to do those tasks.
These intelligent systems are trained how to learn (hello, Machine Learning), and their algorithms continually learn and improve over time with more data. Lots of granular, diverse, data! And examples we see in our day-to-day lives include voice assistants like Alexa and Siri, learning thermostats like Nest, and autonomous cars like Tesla.
This issue is out a couple of days early since today, November 12, is World Usability Day, and the theme this year is Human-Centered AI. Groups around the world will be discussing how we can design AI which is “reliable, trusted, and safe”.
This issue includes links to World Usability Day events, some AI-related definitions, a guidebook about human-centered approach to AI, AI design guidelines, and a few examples of AI in action, including an AI-generated article (no, this one did not involve any artificial intelligence, only the human variety). There's also an interesting redesign of the US Electoral Map, since the elections followed the footsteps of 2020, and is still a trending topic.