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Bridging the Capability Overhang from Generative AI to Generative UI
In early April, a conversation between swyx and Maggie (and later Geoffrey and Linus) snowballed into a SF meetup centered around our joint interests as UX people crossing over into AI. The original plan was for 15-30 people, then Ivan Zhao graciously offered Notion HQto host 80 people, and interest bloomed into almost 400 signups with unfortunately more people on waitlist than we could accommodate. We put out a Call For Demos, 68 people submitted, and 16 presented live.
But this isn’t just a meetup recap blogpost.
It is a call to arms.
We are no stranger to manifesting meetups, but even by SF standards the event was a smashing success, with many great UX people all in one room. We aren’t surprised; we think the potential in and demand for novel AI UX interaction is enormous:
OpenAI staff often comment on how ChatGPT is primarily a “UX innovation” that made existing capability accessible, just nobody “jumped on the opportunity”
Maggie, co-organizer of Future of Coding London, and champion of End User Programming by developers for truly personal computing (e.g. programming portals), also warns about Generative AI and the Expanding Dark Forest.
swyx likes smol ideas that stick in big brains. And making people go “ooh!”
We think what Nat Friedman calls the AI capabilities overhang is in part due to people not exploring the “latent space” of AI UX (including Generative UIs, many of which were explored in the demos featured below).
As Linus said in his opening comments:
“I spent a lot of time exploring different kind of interfaces for highlighting and structuring and helping people navigate text and one of my key takeaways from that year was that we have to go beyond just staring at walls of text and prompting.”
We fundamentally believe that the ultimate potential for LLMs is not merely to build “ChatGPT for your docs” (though that is great and needed too!). To do that, we must break out of the textbox, but also create spaces to share new UX paradigms and concepts with each other, both online and IRL, in a lightweight fashion that encourages collaboration, inspiration, and friendly competition rather than fundraising.
If you too, believe that there is a better world waiting for us on the other side of the border box, ping us to help.
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Full Meetup Video
Timestamps and individual submitted demos
I'm really curious to see how we can move beyond generating text. Prompts are basically pieces of context - what if we could prompt text like we prompt MidJourney? … Once you have primitives, let users customize it!
(long dinner break)