This site explores teaching generative AI use and its effects on peoples’ experiences. As these technologies permeate every corner of society, knowing how to use them and their consequences is paramount for creators, their partners, and associated stakeholders.
Generative AI technologies, such as Open AI’s ChatGPT and Sora video generation, the Perplexity search tool, and Midjourney image generation, shape how people learn and work. As partners in creating a useful, usable, and desirable world, designers use generative AI to amplify their skills and expand their creative potential. These technologies hold massive potential for empowering designers in every practice.
However, as with any technology, there are many unknowns. Generative AI technologies are trained on datasets that often go unsourced. Copyright and ownership concerns are still being worked out. The content comprising Generative AI outputs often represents only a small subset of the world’s population—excluding older adults, people of color, and regions with limited access to digital technologies.
It’s time to use these technologies, not ignore them. Designers may better understand these tools’ intended and unintended consequences by testing, exploring, and critically examining the results.
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