At the time of writing—May 2023—Bard, Google's above-ground AI engine/large language model is in it's infancy.
What happens when you ask a (very clever) child a leading question about the future of humans and design?
I wanted to find out, so I asked:
'Please write 217 words on why AI can never replace a human designer'.
'Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the world, and many people are concerned that it will eventually replace human workers in all sorts of industries. However, there are some professions that are simply too creative and complex for AI to ever fully replicate. One such profession is design. Here are a few reasons why AI can never replace a human designer:
• Creativity. AI is good at following instructions and completing tasks, but it is not creative. Human designers are able to come up with new and innovative ideas, and they are able to think outside the box. AI simply cannot do this.
• Empathy. AI cannot understand or empathise with users. Human designers, on the other hand, are able to put themselves in the shoes of users and understand their needs and wants. This is essential for creating designs that are user-friendly and effective.
• Judgment. AI cannot make judgments or decisions. Human designers, on the other hand, are able to evaluate different options and make decisions based on their knowledge and experience. This is essential for creating designs that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
In addition to these reasons, human designers also bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the table that AI cannot replicate. These include things like:
• Problem-solving skills. Human designers are able to identify and solve problems. AI, on the other hand, is only able to follow instructions.
• Communication skills. Human designers are able to communicate their ideas effectively to both clients and other designers. AI, on the other hand, is not able to do this.
• Collaboration skills. Human designers are able to collaborate effectively with others. AI, on the other hand, is not able to do this.
For all of these reasons, it is clear that AI can never fully replace human designers. AI can be a valuable tool for designers, but it is not a replacement for human creativity, empathy, judgment, problem-solving skills, communication skills, and collaboration skills.'
*Bard came back with 325 words—108 more than I asked for, but they're reassuring, so that's OK.
Let's just hope they're right.