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Agent-Based Design & AI Autonomy: Exploring the future of computer-aided systemic design through design fiction and experiential futures

Format: Workshops, RSD12, RSD12 Workshops, RSD12-ONLINE: Entanglements of interest, RSD12-Toronto: Systemic design futuring, Topic: Methods & Methodology, Topic: Sociotechnical Systems

Kathryn Cramer

This workshop uses design fiction (Bleecker et al., 2022) to explore the near future of Large Language Models (LLMs) and Generative AI (Wolfram, 2023a) as they will manifest in Computer-Aided Systemic Design. Participants learn about how AI agent systems help us understand systems in the future. The workshop aims to engage attendees in imagining the implications of Generative AI for Computer-Aided Design. It introduces two fictional software systems, one which allows AI autonomy and collaboration and the other which is hierarchical, both of which interact with humans and other agents in complex environments. The workshop explores design principles (Alexander, 1977) for creating and managing AI agents based on their goals, roles, behaviours, and interactions (Baker et al., 2020). Building on the presenter’s previous work (Cramer, 2020, 2022), the workshop combines presentations, discussions, and an interactive session to enable participants to gain insights into the human management of a community of helpful AI assistants. Participants collaborate to create their own AI agents and scenarios in a hands-on pencil-and-paper exercise (Candy, 2014). The workshop concludes with a group discussion and analysis of the experiences and learnings from the exercise, as well as the potential challenges and opportunities of Generative AI for Computer-Aided Design.

KEYWORDS: agent-based modelling, Large Language Models, ChatGPT, GPT-4, scenarios, design fiction, generative AI, computer-aided design, AI ethics, AI autonomy futures

RSD12-Toronto and RSD12-ONLINE

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Author(s): Kathryn Cramer
Year: 2023
Title: Agent-Based Design & AI Autonomy: Exploring the future of computer-aided systemic design through design fiction and experiential futures
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
URL: https://rsdsymposium.org/ai-autonomy-futures
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Toronto, CAN | ONLINE
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 3 July 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404