Designers need to participate in the development of AI or face having the future world designed without them, warns Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky in this exclusive interview.
Speaking to Dezeen at the River Cafe in London, Chesky, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), warned that history may be repeating itself as designers fail to embrace the potential of artificial intelligence (AI).
Designers "came to digital very late" he recalled, predicting that if they are also late to embrace the changing world of AI "the world will be designed without them".
"My recollection in the 1990s is that a lot of the most prestigious design jobs weren't in the internet, they weren't web designers, they were print – people came to digital design very late," Chesky told Dezeen.
"A consequence of the best designers not going to the internet or into web design till very late was that people designed a world without them," he continued.