“Do You Hear The People Type”?

The Need for an AI Revolution

First Comes Technology

Whenever a new technology emerges, there first appears to be a “big bang” moment. What I mean by that is that regardless of whatever person or group of people is responsible for the emergence of a new technology, there quickly appears an arms race to duplicate and improve that technology. We’ve seen it with microprocessors. We’ve seen it with operating systems. We’ve seen it with coding languages.

Then Comes Utility

At the end of the day, a solution without a problem isn’t a product — it’s art. It’s something to be seen and appreciated, but unless it is actually useful, it won’t impact people’s lives in a significant way. That’s why the key to stepping out of the “big bang”, with its raw energy and new technology, is utility. The first company or person that is able to take those raw materials and make them into something useful will win the day.

Then Comes Integration

In Apple’s case, and most cases, integration is the real turning point. For Apple it came in the form of Visicalc. The most important aspect of Visicalc is that it was not developed by Apple. Visicalc was a spreadsheet application that was developed by Visicorp, and it’s release on the Apple II was the catalyst for widespread adoption of microcomputers in the business and professional markets.

Then Comes the Revolution

AI State of Affairs

Artificial Intelligence has tentatively started down this path. But we are soon arriving, or have already arrived, at a point where it needs a good aggressive shove.

The AI Revolution

As previously stated, we’ve landed squarely in the technology stage. What we need to do next as engineers, makers, thinkers, and designers is bring utility to the technology. What does AI really look like for a user of Adobe Photoshop? How is machine learning delivered to a sales rep in Salesforce? What functions can your grandma accomplish using natural language in Gmail?

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Kris Paries

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Adobe Emerging Initiatives, Disney Enthusiast, U of U Adjunct Professor

Thinking Design by Adobe

Stories and insights from the design community.