Designing User Interactions with AI:
Servant, Master or Symbiosis

Alan Dix

Professorial Fellow, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK
Director of the Computational Foundry, Swansea University, Wales, UK

Seminar at University of Rome "La Sapienza", Friday, October 14th 2022.

Extended version of talk at AI Summit London 2021


All AI ultimately affects people, in some cases deeply buried, in others interacting directly with users, whether physically, such as autonomous vehicles, or virtually, such as recommender systems. In these interactions, AI may be a servant, such as Alexa operating on command; or AI may be the master, such as gig-work platforms telling workers what to do. However, potentially the most productive interactions are a symbiosis, human and AI complementing one another. Designing human-in-the-loop systems changes the requirements of both AI algorithms and user interfaces. This talk will explore some design principles and examples in this exciting area.

Keywords: user interface, artificial intelligence, design, machine learning, deterministic ground, appropriate intelligence, alien intelligence, Epistemic interaction


Rome Seminar: Designing User Interactions with AI from Alan Dix



Supported by UKRI EPSRC Not-Equal Network+, Social Justice through the Digital Economy

Alan Dix 24/10/2021