Designing Participatory AI: Creative Professionals’ Worries and Expectations about Generative AI

Nanna Inie, Jeanette Falk, Steven Tanimoto

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Generative AI, i.e., the group of technologies that automatically
generate visual or written content based on text prompts, has un-
dergone a leap in complexity and become widely available within
just a few years. Such technologies potentially introduce a massive
disruption to creative fields. This paper presents the results of a
qualitative survey (𝑁 = 23) investigating how creative professionals
think about generative AI. The results show that the advancement
of these AI models prompts important reflections on what defines
creativity and how creatives imagine using AI to support their
workflows. Based on these reflections, we discuss how we might
design participatory AI in the domain of creative expertise with
the goal of empowering creative professionals in their present and
future coexistence with AI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages8
PublisherACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction
Publication date19 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023


  • participatory AI
  • participatory design
  • generative AI
  • creative professionals
  • creativity support

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