Senseless questions for artificial intelligence

Tapio Anttila

I decided to ask the artificial intelligence some tough questions about design. Now, when there was an opportunity to ask something wise and find out the biggest secrets of the mystery of design, it felt a bit like getting the opportunity to ask God for all the ultimate riddles of life - so just then nothing very intellectual comes to mind.


My first contact with artificial intelligence started strangely. OpenAI's capacity was overloaded and I registered on the website for the waiting list. After three weeks, I received a notification that now that very busy intellect would give me his precious time. Just then I happened to be on the Tallinn ship in the middle of the sea. Impatient, I logged on to the site. After a painful reassurance that I'm not a robot, the chat cursor flashed finally in front of me promisingly. Well - what happened? A horrible empty moment when nothing came to mind, at least not a intellectual one. I burdened my own intelligence shaped by evolution for a moment and forced a few questions from my crumpled hard drive.

Me:  Is design important to people?
AI:  Design is very important to people in many different ways. It affects how we experience and use different objects, spaces and services, and it can also affect how we feel about ourselves and our surroundings.
Well-designed objects and services can improve the user's experience and increase their well-being. For example, ergonomically designed furniture can reduce physical strain and improve posture control, while clearly designed user interfaces facilitate the use of various devices and reduce frustration.

In addition, design can be an important economic factor. Well-designed products and services are often more competitive and attractive to consumers, which can increase sales and improve the company's financial situation. This, in turn, can also affect the number of jobs and the economic development of the region.
Finally, design can also be an important cultural factor. It can be part of the manifestation of culture and identity, reflecting local values, traditions and customs. Well-planned and implemented public spaces and buildings can create a sense of community and improve the attractiveness of the urban environment.

(My thoughts on the answer: Wow, that sounds smart!)

Me:  Do you know a Finnish designer named Tapio Anttila?
AI:  Yes, Tapio Anttila is a Finnish designer and lighting designer, who is especially known for his minimalist and timeless design. He has designed, among other things, lighting, furniture and interior design products. Anttila's work is exhibited in several international design museums and he has received several awards for his design work.

(My thoughts on the answer: It's not quite dumb...)

Me:  (Now we're up to speed...) Who is the best designer in Finland?
AI:  It is difficult to name one single best designer in Finland, because there are several very talented designers in many different fields in Finland. The field of design has long traditions and great importance in the culture in Finland, and many Finnish designers have achieved international fame.

Examples of Finland's most famous designers are for example Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, Timo Sarpaneva, Eero Aarnio, Harri Koskinen and Ilkka Suppanen. These designers have made significant achievements in their respective fields and their work has been appreciated around the world.
It should also be noted that the value and importance of design are subjective things, so the best designer can vary according to opinion.

(My thoughts on the answer: What the…?!)

Me:  Tapio Anttila is not on your list, why?
AI:  I apologize for my previous answer, where I answered your question about Tapio Anttila as a Finnish designer. Indeed, Tapio Anttila is a very significant Finnish designer who has made important achievements in the fields of lighting and furniture design.

Anttila has designed several very well-known and award-winning lamps, an example of which can be mentioned the "Lamppu" series he designed. Anttila's design emphasizes minimalist lines and timelessness, and his work is exhibited in several international design museums.
I apologize for my previous answer, where I did not mention Tapio Anttila. Finland is really rich in the design world and there are many very skilled designers, such as Tapio Anttila.

(My thoughts on the answer: Great restore! But what it is babbling about some "Lamppu" series?)

Me:  I would like to make a classic piece of furniture that will still be on sale 50 years from now. How does it happen?
AI:  When designing classic furniture, it is important to consider several factors that can help ensure its durability and timelessness. Here are some design considerations:

1. Use high-quality materials: Choose durable and high-quality materials that are long- lasting and will stand the test of time. For example, furniture made of solid wood can be more durable than furniture made of MDF.
2. Simple design: Simple design can be timeless and can be easily combined with different interior styles. Overly complex and trendy shapes can quickly become outdated and lose their popularity.
3. Use clear lines: Clear and clean-lined furniture is often timeless and easy to combine with different interior styles. Avoid overly decorative details that can quickly become outdated.
4. Consider the needs of the user: The needs and wishes of the user must be taken into account in the design of the furniture. A well-designed piece of furniture is practical and comfortable to use, which can affect its popularity in the long run.
5. Test and develop: Designing classic furniture takes time and effort. It is important to test prototypes and develop them until the final product is perfect. The design and manufacture of furniture should also be constantly developed and updated to meet new needs and technological solutions.

Taking these design considerations into account can help ensure that the designed piece of furniture is durable and timeless, and that it will still be popular and on sale 50 years from now.

(My thoughts on the answer: Easy when there are proper instructions!)

Me:  Do you have intuition?
AI:  Like AI, I don't have emotions or intuition like humans do. I am programmed to answer questions and give rational answers using databases and algorithms. Although I don't have genuine intuition, I have the ability to use statistical methods and predictions to analyze and structure data. This helps me make predictions and make recommendations about future trends and events, but it is not the same as human intuition.

(My thoughts on the answer: Something human in that answer :)

Me:  Well, what's the hottest interior trend right now?
AI:  The hottest interior design trend of the moment is ecology and sustainable development. People are increasingly aware of the environmental impact and strive to find more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives for decorating. This can be seen, for example, in the use of recycled and natural materials, such as wood, stone, metal, linen and hemp fabric. Another trend is minimalist interior design, which reduces excess stuff and focuses on clarity and simplicity. The third trend is different textures, which are added to the interior with, for example, carpets, pillows and curtains. This can include different materials such as velvet, mohair or marbled pattern.

(My thoughts on the answer: Well, it's really on the ball)


With the ship sailing on the waves, I could have continued this chat forever. Surprisingly, my increasingly intelligent conversation suddenly reached the Achilles heel of intelligence (a bad metaphor, because as we heard, artificial intelligence has no human dimensions). As always on a ship, somewhere around the halfway point of the sea journey, the internet connection breaks. That's what happened now. And that, if anything, is kryptonite for artificial intelligence. So our intellectual exchange of ideas ended there and that synthetic consciousness was unfortunately left stranded on the beach for the time being.

After all, the encounter with AI was an insane experience. Its intelligence was able to deal with cases incredibly quickly and even incredibly well. It was even a little scary. I wonder why? Perhaps the huge possibilities it opens up in different areas of life - both good and bad.

- Tapio