In February 2021 I participated in the DigitalFUTURES Young talk “AI & Creativity” to present the preliminary outcomes of my PhD research project. The presentation is about the implementation of AI models to support creativity in conceptual design and investigates two issues: (1) how AI can be integrated within existing CAD software and which models are suitable for AI-CAD integration, and (2) to what extent AI models can learn about design and interface with the designer to suggest new design possibilities.
In this post, I describe a prototype of Intelligent CAD System based on AI, which I’ve developed for the Future Prototyping Exhibition (Melbourne School of Design, March 2020). The prototype allows the designer to interact with AI through sketches, and to get feedback in the form of photorealistic images. Despite the toy-like features of the system, its development allowed to investigate the potential of AI in design and to set key objectives for further developments of the research in this field.
Computers have made our life easier. We give them instructions, and they can perform complex tasks in real-time, providing solutions to any sort of problem. The ability to solve problems is certainly an aspect of intelligence, yet it is only part of the story.
Everyone can perform creative thinking, yet only a few come up with ideas that can dramatically change the world. Emergent technologies like Artificial Intelligence can help humans to fully unleash their creative potential.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking a leading role in several sectors and is expected to significantly affect the architectural practice soon. While the past generation of CAD systems extended the designer’s hand, the next generation of CAD systems will ultimately expand the designer’s mind.
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