Generative AI Futures: A Speculative Design Exploration

Lauren Lin, Duri Long

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1 Scopus citations


What generative AI futures do we want - and what futures do we not want? To imagine what might exist in the future, we apply speculative design to explore plausible scenarios for generative AI and human coexistence. In this paper, we present gAIrden and Onion AI: two in-progress speculative concepts of future generative AI tools, their use cases, and the systems in which they exist. We analyze the designs through lenses of Environment, Data Privacy, Embodiment, and Play. This trip into the future is driven by the research question: how might generative AI tools change how we produce creativity and culture? When we return to the present, we ask ourselves, how might generative AI support positive outcomes for individuals and communities? Can we predict (and potentially mitigate) negative consequences of generative AI tools? The speculative designs purposefully engage viewers in futures thinking to reclaim conversation around the future of technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationC and C 2023 - Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Creativity and Cognition
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383769
StatePublished - Jun 19 2023
Event15th Conference on Creativity and Cognition, C and C 2023 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 19 2023Jun 21 2023

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference15th Conference on Creativity and Cognition, C and C 2023
CityVirtual, Online


  • Creativity
  • Embodiment
  • Futures Studies
  • Generative AI
  • Speculative Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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