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id acadia19_298
authors Leach, Neil
year 2019
title Do Robots Dream of Digital Sleep?
source ACADIA 19:UBIQUITY AND AUTONOMY [Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-578-59179-7] (The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Austin, Texas 21-26 October, 2019) pp. 298-309
summary AI is playing an increasingly important role in everyday life. But can AI actually design? This paper takes its point of departure from Philip K Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and refers to Google’s DeepDream software, and other AI techniques such as GANs, Progressive GANs, CANs and StyleGAN, that can generate increasingly convincing images, a process often described as ‘dreaming’. It notes that although generative AI does not possess consciousness, and therefore cannot literally dream, it can still be a powerful design tool that becomes a prosthetic extension to the human imagination. Although the use of GANs and other deep learning AI tools is still in its infancy, we are at the dawn of an exciting – but also potentially terrifying – new era for architectural design. Most importantly, the paper concludes, the development of AI is also helping us to understand human intelligence and 'creativity'.
series ACADIA
type normal paper
email leachneil@gmail.com
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