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Post-AutoDraw: What now, facilitating with visuals?

Okay, so now bots can draw, so what’s the future for facilitating with visuals?

Okay, in the last week Visual Practitioners realised that bots can draw and “fast drawing is for everyone,” even if it’s not really you drawing.

With Google’s AutoDraw, the clarion call for disruption is now upon us Visual Practitioners. The call? To deepen our practice as Visual Practitioners beyond just drawing (and beyond depending on drawing alone), if that’s all we’ve been depending upon as the hallmark of our practice and existence.

Such digital disruption is not new, though it may come as a surprise to those who have thought “creatives” invulnerable.

Lawyers are at risk of being replaced by artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and a whole host of web apps have already reframed Accounting as an at-risk profession.

But hey, drawing too?!

I’m not afraid, even though I’m a Visual Practitioner by profession.

Yes, I draw. But that’s just something that happens on my way to drawing out ideas and drawing together people and plans, both of which are not easily replaced by a machine yet.

My work is sentient. My work involves reading and listening for group dynamics beyond just scrutinising microexpressions (which machines can do really well consistently, by the way!)

There’s so much more value we potentially can bring to the experience of participation and facilitation – drawing is a key, but the mechanics shouldn’t get in the way of workings.

Still drawing like a bot? Time’s running out.

Psst, try AutoDraw here: https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/autodraw

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