Intent-Based Outcome Specification

A new paradigm for user interfaces is starting to take shape with the rise of AI powered tools. Rather than a loop of sending a command, receiving the output, and continuing (like graphical user interfaces), an intent-based outcome specification is telling the computer what the outcome should be—“open the door” instead of “check auth, unlock, open latch, extend door”.

This has many challenges (chatbots lack affordances), especially because many people are not articulate enough to describe what they want. AI can help interpret vague language, but designers will need to develop patterns for refinement (maybe by mashing up other UI paradigms).

Read AI: First New UI Paradigm in 60 Years.