Artificial Intelligence and Interface Design for Everyday Products

Andrew O'Dowd, Miguel Carvalhais

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Imbedding artificial intelligence into designed technologies is not new yet recently there has been a rapid increase in the number of domestic products that claim to be smart. The reasons for this are varied but a major contributing factor is the prevalence of smartphones and similar devices that we now carry with us. These devices constantly gather personal datas from us and, in turn, use this information to tailor how they interact with us. This paper investigates how should artificial intelligence be designed into everyday domestic products in order to enhance the relationships that humans have with these objects. Considering not just the representation of intelligence as mental arithmetic capacitance but also as behavioural intelligence but also, the manner in which the designed object represents its intelligence through physiological action and reaction. The primary focus of our interactions with everyday objects reside on their designed interfaces. The principles of technology interface design have changed very little since the first electronic domestic products of the early nineteen hundreds. Products have historically been designed to fulfil utility needs and so our interactions with these products have been designed to activate them to perform their designated task. This practice can no longer be considered appropriate when then interactions that we have with everyday designed products are increasingly social as much as they are utilitarian. In this paper we will discuss the design of AI everyday products under three perspectives; Being Intelligent; Being Human; Being Machine. From these view points a framework for the reconsideration of tangible interface design will emerge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIGICOM 2019 – 3rd International Conference on Design and Digital Communication: Proceedings.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-54489-5-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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