it. From that moment on, my journey
of designing for AI products began. I
felt lucky and grateful for being a so-called AI designer.
DESIGNER? AI? WOW!
AI, artificial intelligence. One of the
hottest and sexiest terms of 2016,
2017, and the years beyond. But this
term makes me nervous—it makes
me so nervous that I don’t want
to say it aloud when I introduce myself
So, what do you do?
I am a designer.
Oh really? Where do you work?
Hmm, I am working at an AI lab…
On March 14, 2016, at 6: 40 a.m., I
woke up in the cold darkness and got
washed and dressed. I took an Uber to
the San Francisco Caltrain station and
hopped on the 7: 56 train, one minute
before it left. The train arrived in
Mountain View at 8: 49. The first rays
of sunshine were flying into my eyes,
dancing around—“Welcome, Nina,”
said the sun, smiling. “It’s like summer
here!” I replied, smiling back. Another
Uber drove me to the office. At 9: 30 I
stood up from the sofa in the lobby and
stepped into the office…
“Welcome, Nina, to the AI Lab!”
It was one of the most memorable
moments in my life—I’ll never forget
OInsights → AI is an enabler. Products that use AI should be called AI-enabled products. → The creator of AI-enabled products needs to have great product thinking about the problem, user, and use case.
So You Want
To Be An
Nina (Zhuxiaona) Wei