Against black boxes. Design and artificial intelligence
Basel, Critical Media Lab
Although the concept of “artificial intelligence” (AI) is an old one, its presence is constantly growing, whether in medias, pop culture, or everyday objects. In the 2010’s, the power of “self-learning” systems, those of deep learning, is related to unintelligible architectures (black boxes). These AIs progressively could replace tasks commonly assigned to designers. In this process, there is a risk that design becomes nothing more than an automated way of doing things and services, and that of formatting human experiences. How are these issues addressed by designers? What can design do “with” artificial intelligence?