#btconf Berlin, Germany 05 - 08 Nov 2018

Good Robots: UX for Machine Learning and AI

Let’s prototype an AI product! In this hands-on session, you’ll imagine and design a concept product powered by machine learning. Explore the new digital interactions emerging from machine learning, and how you can put those interactions to work today.

Your guide is designer Josh Clark, author of Designing for Touch and ambassador of the near future. As we build our prototype together, you’ll learn practical process, technique, and design patterns for designing for machine-generated content and interaction. But you’ll also absorb lasting lessons and perspective for how to design for emerging platforms generally. You will learn new UX techniques for expanding service and brand across fresh-from-the-future technologies like speech, bots, physical interfaces, and artificial intelligence. You’ll leave the day inspired to create—and ready for action.

You Will Learn To …

  • Understand the machine-learning technologies that are easily available and ready for you to use as design material right now. See how to fit them into your everyday products and processes.
  • Use some of the new prototyping tools for smart/AI interfaces.
  • Use play and experimentation as the means to create real products for new technologies.
  • Refit familiar design techniques for new contexts, and discover emerging best practices for smart/AI interfaces.
  • Create honest interfaces that set expectations and guide behaviour in ways that match the system’s ability.
  • Give your interface a subtle “body language” to suggest to users how new services work.
  • Establish new design principles for presenting machine-generated content, conclusions, and interactions.

Workshop Methodology

The workshop blends lecture, conversation, and hands-on design sessions. Lecture portions will introduce new concepts, techniques, and process, and the design sessions will put those ideas to work. Those design sessions focus on the UX and product activities that go into creating machine-learning products: researching to identify the right problem and the source data to solve it, identifying opportunities that machine learning can uniquely serve, understanding the new design ingredients that your machine-learning models give you, and prototyping new interactions.

Who It's For

The workshop is intended for UX and interaction designers, UI designers/developers, product designers, and product managers. It’s for people who are curious about what’s next for product design, and what the roles and responsibilities are for designers as machines take over aspects of content generation and interaction itself. (Spoiler: there are lots of exciting challenges and opportunities for designers!) You don't need any prior machine-learning experience for this workshop.

What to Bring

Please bring a laptop, your imagination, and a healthy sense of wonder.

When and Where Is the Workshop Taking Place?

On Monday, November 5th, from 10am (10:00) to 5pm (17:00) at the Neue Mälzerei, Friedenstraße 91, 10249 Berlin.

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