We are headlong into an immersive technological turn. Constantly surrounded by technology, we are attached to objects and communication protocols that guide our everyday actions. We don’t realize that artificial intelligence, the most advanced of these technologies, is already a part of our daily lives. What roles can communication designers take in this developing area of interface?
Mostly addressing cooking and food lovers, Entre Nous is an application to facilitate your cooking activities. The app features an artificial intelligence-based voice assistant, named Ana, that guides the cooking process, detailing each step and answering questions while cooking.
We are currently living in two worlds: between direct human social transmission and increasingly through technological means assisted through artificial intelligence. As a foil to the Entre Nous app, a video contrasts the pitfalls of artificial intelligence and the loss of physical interaction in the cooking process, especially for those who may be less adaptable to its ways. While yesterday’s knowledge was passed down from generation to generation using gestures, dialog, savoir-faire, today, we are gradually beginning to engage with artificial intelligence to understand and interact with our interconnected environments. These new models of connection offer both promise and pitfalls, which must be navigated by sympathetic designers and their dependent users.