Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a broad topic. It's so big it doesn't fit in my mind all at once, and I've been reading about it for years. The future is coming, but when? We aren't quite there yet, but we're getting closer every day.

First of all: what is AI? There are many explanations on the internet, and they range from downright terrifying to extremely optimistic. At its most basic level, AI is the theory that one day machines will be able to think like humans do; it may even be able to solve problems and come up with new ideas for itself ("Intelligent agents"). Of course, today's computers can already perform amazing tasks such as facial recognition and translations, but the experimental ideas behind AI are what really get people excited.

However, artificial intelligence isn't just a theory anymore. It's been practiced since the 1980s and has been advancing rapidly ever since. In fact, some of that is already happening right now: "In 2009, IBM's question-answering computer system called Watson competed against humans on the television quiz show Jeopardy!, coming in first place overall (with a grand total of $77,147 in winnings)." [1] Within five years, we went from having a computer system bested by some nerds to having one compete with human champions on one of America's most difficult quiz shows. In other words, if you're still using comic sans and Dreamweaver, you might be out of a job fairly soon.

But here's where it gets even more interesting: "Technology has advanced so much in the past few years that we now have chat-bots — computer programs designed to simulate conversation with human users —that can pass the Turing test (and get mad when you don't believe them)." [2] In other words, some technology exists today that is good enough for people to not be able to tell humans from AI without a very close examination. And that means that computers could potentially do what designers do… but better. At least, they could do user experience (UX) design and visual design; but if UX and graphic design are already being taken over by machines, what does that leave for us?

It leaves the upper levels of design, like strategy and research. It leaves any part of the design that requires creative insight to come up with solutions to problems. This is the end game for AI, and it's coming fairly soon: in five years or less, we could realistically see computers doing much or most of our jobs for us. We will still need people to create products, but who knows how many other positions will be replaced by machines? And if you can't beat them join them! That's right; the future isn't so bad when you think about it this way. If your job is taken over by an AI program or machine algorithm, then at least you'll have more time to create amazing things. The focus of this article will be on programming AI bots that can do design work, but there are a number of paths you could take.

The first thing you should know is that the easiest way to start using artificial intelligence to perform your duties as a designer is by using pre-built software and an open-source coding language. In fact, if you have any experience with web design at all, then you've probably already used some software made with AI: Google search! Voice recognition technology! Photo tagging on Facebook! These are all products of artificial intelligence research. And fortunately for designers everywhere, much or most of these technologies have been made available as APIs (application programming interfaces). For those who haven't used APIs before, it's basically a system of instructions that allows other programs to use certain features or capabilities of your program. So instead of Google having to build an entirely new web crawler for their search engine every time they want to search Tumblr, they just use the existing code that Tumblr has made available as an API. This saves everyone time and money, meaning that now anyone can take advantage of these technologies with relative ease.

If you're interested in using an open-source AI coding language like Java or C++ to write your own bot-designers, then you should check out unpronounced "you-bot"). This is a free coding platform that allows the user to "chat" with their machine through text or voice. You type in commands, and it will respond with its own answers to your questions. It's also worth noting that uBot can be used for more than just AI design research; it's basically an enhanced version of Eliza, which was one of the first chat-bots ever created.

If you don't want to code your own chatbot, there are other options as well: "Many companies offer software tools and platforms specifically designed for creating 'intelligent applications. Adobe offers Sensei and IBM has Watson. These programs provide designers and developers access to advanced learning technologies without requiring them to become experts on artificial intelligence."

If you're not interested in creating your own AI design bot, then there are other options as well. "Some web designers have started using AI to help them create content-based websites… Text-generation algorithms will scan sites for popular topics and automatically produce customized pieces of content based on those trends." This means that instead of manually attempting to write unique blog posts every day, a website could simply pay an AI program to do it for them.

Of course, this is just one way that graphics are being modified or created by computers. There are already computer programs available that mimic styles from famous artists, including Picasso, Andy Warhol, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and more. These programs allow you to input a photo and choose which artist's style you want the computer algorithm to design it in.

It means that artificial intelligence will soon be able to perform most, if not all, of your job duties at a much faster rate than you could do them yourself (at least once the machine learns how). And since computers don't mind working 20-hour days (or never need a day off), there's no reason why AI can't replace an entire office full of designers. So if you're afraid of losing your job because the work has been taken over by AI bots, then consider becoming a robot programmer instead! You might be the only human in the entire computerized world!

On a more serious note, it's important for designers to always keep up with emerging technologies. This is because if they don't stay ahead of where technology is going, then their skills will become obsolete and they'll lose their jobs anyway. With that being said, this also means that you should probably research how else AI might impact your industry so you know what to expect in the near future.

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