UI Requires Deductive Reasoning

Using a UI is a form of deductive reasoning that takes effort. You need to build out a plan on how to get what you intend. You need to follow interaction patterns you’ve seen before. You need to have built an intuition for where to look and where to go. You need motor skills to engage in just the right way to induce the transition of the state machine.

Generative AI tools can decrease effortful UI by inverting this pattern—start with what you intend and offload the work of figuring out how to get there.

As an industry, I think we are only just starting to build the intuition of where to tastefully apply AI. One heuristic is to look for oportunities in your product that require a lot of UI or tacit knowledge and imagine how this effort could be replaced with AI.

(From conversations with Michael Pons)