AI is everywhere and yet, it's barely here

The fire analogy suggests AI is a profoundly world-changing technology, but current applications seem more superficial than earth-shattering.

Snoop Dogg depicted in an AI-generated video, AI generated underpants, AI-written newspapers, and AI-powered toothbrushes are just a few examples of the noise and toys created by AI. Yet, the promise of AI seems lifeless compared to its current applications. AI-generated underpants and AI-written newspaper headlines are mediocre at best. The feeling that arises is that AI is useless or, at best, it is a cute toy to play with.

The reality is that AI has started to transform, and we are witnessing the beginnings of a new kind of experience. Sentient Design is a concept that outlines this new kind of experience. This design philosophy advocates for intelligent interfaces that are aware of users' contexts and intents and can deliver adaptive experiences.

To understand AI honestly, we must grasp its texture and grain. What are its strengths and weaknesses? How can it be utilized most effectively? To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, "hold, control, and aspect."

AI is more than just a bundle of machine learning capabilities, including traditional algorithms that are not machine learning. Although it makes up only a small portion of AI, generative AI and large language models have recently attracted the most attention in the AI field.

At its core, Sentient Design promotes intelligent, aware, and adaptive interfaces that can collaborate with users to deliver continuous and ambient experiences. However, the promise of AI is more complicated than the danger. Used correctly, AI can be a powerful design material. It's time to stop the useless AI applications and start building AI that empowers humans to be better, not replaces them. Now that's what I call smart.

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