Designing the Robot Revolution
AI as a Design Material - with Pontus Wärnestål
In this episode, we talk with Pontus Wärnestål, an award-winning researcher and designer who has worked with the design of digital services for over twenty years in a range of industries and sectors. He conducts research and teaches digital service innovation and artificial intelligence as Deputy Professor in Information Technology at Halmstad University.
Pontus' book "Design of AI-driven services" is a must-read for designers wanting to better understand AI as a design material.
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1. AI in the Green Deal: Designing a Circular Economy Revolution21:10In this episode of "Designing the Robot Revolution," we dive into the heart of sustainability and innovation with "AI in the Green Deal: Designing a Circular Economy Revolution." Join hosts David Griffith Jones and Jacob Magnell as they explore the pivotal role of artificial intelligence in advancing the circular economy, a key component of the European Green Deal. Discover how AI technologies are not just tools but partners in reimagining and revolutionising our approach to waste, resources, and sustainable design. This episode unveils the synergy between AI and circular economy principles, highlighting the path towards a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.LINKSEU Paper on Role of AI in the European Green DealWhere did all the Autonomous Cars Go? With Drew Smith
20. A Practical Dive into Modular Generative AI Design – with Tim O'Neill42:56Looking at your LinkedIn feed might give the impression that every organisation is on the brink of launching revolutionary AI products set to disrupt industries. But what's the actual landscape like for those in the field? How are organisations tangibly advancing, and what does the day-to-day look like for those immersed in this rapidly evolving space? In this episode, we sit down with Tim O’Neill, the co-founder of Time Under Tension specialists who partner with agencies and brands to enhance customer experiences through generative AI. Links mentioned in the episode:https://pmarca.substack.com/p/why-ai-wont-cause-unemploymenthttps://menlovc.com/perspective/the-seven-generative-ai-building-blocks-for-the-next-generation-of-consumer-technology-companies/
19. AI for Humanity: Strategies to Prioritise Well-Being Over Profit – With Kevin Klyman52:43In this episode of "Designing the Robot Revolution", we explore the impact of AI on professions traditionally seen as secure, like writing, programming, and design. Our special guest, Kevin Klyman, co-author of the Stanford article "Do Foundation Model Providers Comply with the Draft EU AI Act?", provides expert insights into AI regulation. We discuss the sweeping changes AI brings to healthcare, education, and transportation and the importance of ensuring these changes benefit humanity. Join us for a deep dive into the challenges and possibilities of AI legislation aimed at human well-being.The Stanford article with accompanying graphic.https://crfm.stanford.edu/2023/06/15/eu-ai-act.html
18. Your Personal Interface: AI Redefining UX – with Amer Mohammed40:14In this episode, we dive headfirst into the future of user interfaces and AI-powered services with Amer Mohammed. Join us as we explore the profound transformation underway, where web pages and traditional apps become relics of the past, reminiscent of fax machines in today's digital landscape. Discover how nearly every company across all industries will be redefined as a simple service provider, and envision a world where the primary mode of interaction is through conversational interfaces powered by Virtual Private Assistants.LINKSAmer's on LinkedIIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/iamer/
17. AI's Secret Sauce: Give Some, Get Some, Thrive Together – with Ebba Josefson Lindqvist44:59In this episode, we sit down with Ebba Josefson Lindqvist to unpack why companies must embrace the "Give to Get" mindset, where data sharing becomes a catalyst for innovation and progress. Explore how federated learning empowers organisations to share data without compromising security or ownership. From the collaborative exchange of data to the tangible benefits gained, we explore the collaborative code that leads to AI success.LINKSAI Sweden: https://www.ai.se/enSilicon Vikings: https://www.siliconvikings.com/The New Nordics Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/5EmgohHxCj9LlaTDH0IWpA
16. Robots Caring for the Elderly - Designing for Dignity with Rafael Hostettler32:47In this episode, we talk with humanoid robot expert Rafael Hostettler about how advanced robotic avatars are being designed to provide vital support and companionship in the care context. Addressing the pressing challenges of an ageing society, robotic humanoid avatars offer a solution that extends beyond geographical boundaries, enabling a human operator to achieve teleportation-like presence in any location where the Robody is deployed.Links:Devanthro - The Robody Company
15. AI Levelling Up Video Games - with Martin Singh-Blom41:39In this episode of "Designing the Robot Revolution," we explore the complexities of modern video game development with Martin Singh-Blom, at Embark Studios. We delve into the challenges smaller teams face in an industry requiring extensive resources and personnel. Martin offers insights into his work at Embark Studios, sharing his vision for leveraging technology to democratise game development and letting small teams create great games. Listen for a thought-provoking discussion on the intersection of gaming, technology, and innovation. We can learn a lot from looking at this industry!
14. Idea Factory: Powering Human Innovation with AI18:26In this episode, we tackle the tricky balance between human creativity and AI in innovation work. We see AI as a helper, not a replacement. AI can speed up tasks and refine ideas but can't match the human ability to make subtle connections that drive innovation. We caution against hyping up AI and warn about the 'deskilling effect' - losing our skills due to too much reliance on AI. But, by using AI carefully and learning from it, we can enhance our abilities, express ideas better, and create effective solutions to our problems. We also discuss the need to share our AI experiences and learn from each other. Remember, AI is a tool, not a craftsman. Tune in to hear more!Reference:AI is about to kill creativity
13. Designing AI with Empathy: 6 Lenses of Ethical AI - with Dan Silveira40:42In this episode, we're joined by Dan Silveira, who has developed a unique ethical framework for AI/ML. We focus on the six guiding lenses: Bias & Fairness, Diversity & Inclusivity, Privacy & Security, Ethical & Safe Use, Reliability & Trustworthiness, and Openness & Transparency. We discuss tools, inspired by design thinking, that fit into agile project management processes. These are especially useful in the four areas most vulnerable to bias - Discovery, Data, Experimentation, and Monitoring.Read Dan's paper and access the tools described in the episode below:https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4044/