You Ask, I Answer: Design, Marketing, and AI?

Mark asks, “What’s your take on how AI will impact design, like GANs, UX research?”

This is a great question because there’s a ton of theory and speculation in the general media, but not a ton of practical applications. Watch this video for tools and examples of generative adversarial networks, transformers, and other AI techniques – and how you can be using them today, right now.

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In today’s episode Mark asks, What’s your take on how AI is going to impact things like design, like with tools and technology, the gender of adversarial networks, things like UX research, and so on, so forth based on video that was going around on LinkedIn, by Michael Turnbull. So let’s look at a couple of practical applications of this, because there’s a lot of big ideas. But there’s not a lot of implementation things you can take pick up and run with. So on the topic of generative adversarial networks, one place to check out that shows you the power of again, is in videos, research labs. So if you go to the AI playground here, there are a couple of different tools that can show you how a generative adversarial network works, and what it does. Let’s go first to the scenery thing, tool. This is a tool where it’s called Gao gam were you in your best Microsoft Paint impressions attempt to put together sort of a mediocre drawing? So I’m going to do a very silly kids drawing sort of thing here. And you can see this is clearly in no way would anyone think, Wow, Chris, you’re really a fantastic

artist, right? It’s just pretty mediocre. So let’s put in us put in a river to here, right?

Nice little river going. So the drawing on the left is in no way going to be ever mistaken for fine art have, again, go ahead and attempt to compose a photo from it, you can see, you get this really nice sort of photorealistic look from what is an incompetent drawing, that wouldn’t, you wouldn’t, you wouldn’t ever put this in anything, you’d even hang out your refrigerator. So this is an example of AI using what it knows based on a very large training library and generating it this way. I think this is one of them powerful applications of AI for things like design and UX and such, because up until now, the toughest part of creativity was talent, right, you had to have talent, you had to have years of training to be able to paint well. Now, we’re getting to a point where a literally a child could could put together a very simple image. And an artificial intelligence can attempt to assemble using its own skills, but the intended outcome. So this is an example of where AI will remove the talent limitations to a large degree and let our ambition be the only blocking point for what it is that we want to accomplish. Another example is the ability to use AI to clean up imagery. So images and designs, things like that, I’m going to load in a picture here of my dog, right, my dog. And you can see there’s a flower pot on the right hand side of the screen here, I don’t really want that flower pot and seeing you again, using generator out of sale networks, it’s going to attempt to infer what should be there, right and get rid of that flower pot. That’s pretty impressive, right? The ability to go through and remove things from imagery. Now imagine if you’ve got people out in the field, who are doing clip art or doing photo shoots and stuff. And there’s something in the images that you don’t want there. Right. You could go and reshoot the whole thing. Or you could just use AI to clean it up for you. At some point, tools like this will become commercially available very, very easily. And again, you could spend hours and hours and hours trying to manually clean up objects that you don’t want in your photos. It could take a really long time. And there are people who do this professionally. Why Why not have machines do some of the clean up. Another example is on content generation. So this there’s a tool called gt to from open API that allows us to load in text and have it generate new text. I’ve published some articles and examples using tweets. This is another example. I took the content marketing world team took their Twitter account loaded in here and had the software generate, I think 20 25,000 different tweets. Now some of these are clear Mrs. like yoga from fidget spinners, right? makes absolutely no sense. But this is also relatively on tuned model. One of the things that will become very, very prominent in the next year or so is the aggressive use of what’s called active learning where machines will put out a few outputs at a time. Assign a probability like yeah, this is this was a good one. This I’m not sure about for the ones this is not sure about going raise his hand say hey, human is yoga for fidget spinners, a good tweet. And we as humans will say I’ll and give feedback to the machine and it will then go back and retune over and over and over again. But instead of the the way is done now where you have very large, big neural network projects that get just tries to do the thing all at once. And then you come out sometimes with salad.

It will allow us to ask the allow the machines to ask us, hey, before I invest too much in this, what do you think of this? What do you think of this and unlike the task of manually tagging and training models that we’ve done up to this point, which requires a lot of tagging, active learning will allow us to do it. iterative Lee with very, very few samples like hey, here’s 10 tweets, which one doesn’t make sense. Or here’s 10 ads that the machine has generated using image generation, which which visual do you like best, and now the human can go through and select them. And tune that up very, very quickly. So this is an example of using a transformer with a different type of neural network to generate a lot of content. Yet another one, this is a service called Eva. Eva allows you to relatively in a relatively straightforward format, choose some type of musical format, do your hyper parameter optimization, which is a nice way of saying change the settings and create music. What do you use this for? Well, of course, if you are a company that wants to generate, that needs to use music for things like videos, advertising, YouTube, right, and you don’t want to incur the wrath of copyright lawyers by using music that you don’t have, right, so you will use artificial intelligence to generate now, is any of this going to win a Grammy? No. Is it good enough for background music video? Yes, by far, it is good enough for speeches for intro videos on screen, you just pick the style and let the machine do the work. Again, this is a case of where ambition is the only limitation you don’t need the talent anymore. Now will there? Is there still a place for humans Of course, this is good enough. It is not great. It’s not amazing yet, right? It won’t get there eventually. But for today, we’re talking about practical applications that you can be using right now. To improve your design, your marketing, creative, there are plenty of tools that are available that are out there that you can run either in a web browser or right on your your desktop computer, and get a sense of this is really what works. One last example. That is one of my favorites, is the ability for us to to understand what’s working. And this is in Michaels video as well. Michaels video talked about being able to do testing Well, one of the my favorite things to do, because I have no life is to be able to understand on a website, what content is working best. And this is a service from my company called most valuable pages or MVP, using the type of machine learning to look at the journey somebody takes on a website and analyze and say these are the pages you need to focus on. Because they are the ones that help conversions the most. This type of feedback helps UX UI design, to know where to focus their efforts and helps understand the content. And then you can even deploy the same type of technology for what sources are sending you the most traffic, things like that. There are versions that will even allow you to identify, look what features on a page might be important. This type of machine learning again, all this runs on a laptop. We’re not talking about a million dollars of hardware sitting in a server room somewhere as long as you have the technical talent to implement it, or a company that you work with this will get you results. So great question mark lots to unpack. There’s so much opportunity right now for marketers with AI and it is nearly limitless. As always, please leave your comments below and subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter i’ll talk to you soon. want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trusted insights AI today and let us know how we can help you


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