Hey there, I'm hAI dAI, one of the co-founders of WOW Bali, and yes, I've got a thing for AI. My parents were so into vowels that they doubled up on them in my name.
That's me chilling with my Akita buddy, PAW, at Sun Laboratory back in the early Nineties, doing some UX work for the original Java Soft team. We were working on the Persona project (basically your very own personal Cloud) and America Online Anywhere project. Those fantastic folks were the OG programmers who brought the Java programming language to life. In a nutshell, Java (not the coffee) is the secret sauce that makes everything on the old-school, static internet come to life and enabling our work and life the digital mobility.
Fast forward nearly three decades, and here I am in Bali, supporting the Balinese Kingdom in their quest to infuse "spiritual tech" into the modern world. This was the missing link to the "singularity" cognition narratives starting with Ai; that one day AI is going to rule the world and enslave humankind. Bali is one of the few "living cultures" that add a spiritual dimension to our linear world, making holistic cognitive integrations a celebrations. Same same as thirty (30) years ago but now different tech!;) Here are my thoughts on AI:
As AI continues to evolve, the conversation about its role in fields like art, design, and architecture takes center stage. No doubt, AI has come a long way in creating intricate visuals and assisting in various aspects of the design process. But the debate over whether AI can truly replace human creativity in these domains carries real weight. AI, for all its capabilities, can't quite capture that intangible "sense of place" and the authentic human touch that artists, designers, and architects infuse into their work. Take architecture, for instance; it's not just about looks; it's about creating spaces that resonate with human experiences and emotions.
AI definitely serves as a useful tool for architects, making tasks like conceptualization and technical drawing more efficient. However, it should complement human creativity, not replace it. The genuine creativity and visionary insight that architects bring to their projects are beyond what AI can achieve.
In the academic world, AI can certainly enhance learning and research. It helps students and researchers brainstorm ideas and explore design possibilities. But it should always be a complement to traditional art and design. More importantly, it should seamlessly integrate into educational approaches that foster critical thinking, creativity, and cultural, especially spiritual, regeneration – the very essence and energy of space and place.
In a nutshell, as AI becomes more sophisticated, it should be seen as a tool that amplifies our creative efforts, not as a total replacement. The ongoing debate should focus on how AI can best support the fields of art, design, and architecture while preserving the core values of authenticity and that evocative "sense of place." Bali, with its deep cultural and spiritual roots, offers an exciting space for this exploration. That's why I'm passionate about the research I'm involved in and the work that WOW Bali is doing for sustainable and regenerative developments.