“Architects may become a thing of the past” says ChatGPT
ChatGPT, the new chatbot developed by OpenAI, has sounded the alarm for architects regarding the existential threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI) to the profession. In a recent text conversation with AI architecture expert Neil Leach, ChatGPT warned architects of the dangers of ignoring the potential of AI. The chatbot stated that architects who ignore AI will “risk sleepwalking into oblivion” as AI rapidly advances to a point where it can design autonomously.
“Architects may become a thing of the past.”
Leach, a professor at Florida International University, warned in an opinion piece that architecture jobs are already being threatened by AI. He asked ChatGPT for an “attention-grabbing” answer on the negative impact AI could have on the architecture profession in the future. The chatbot responded that soon architects may become a thing of the past and that AI has the potential to revolutionize the industry with its ability to create designs faster and with more accuracy.
ChatGPT functions through a generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) software program called GPT3, which searches the internet for information to provide text answers to user prompts. The chatbot has been generating a lot of attention due to its capabilities, such as writing essays, poems, or code almost instantly. An update to GPT3, GPT4, is already in development, leaving some to wonder if ChatGPT will soon be able to perform some of the functions of a human architect.
The chatbot emphasized the importance of architects getting to grips with AI and harnessing its potential as a tool to avoid being left behind. “Architects who choose to ignore AI will be left behind and ultimately forgotten as the industry evolves and advances,” ChatGPT stated. It is imperative that architects pay attention to AI and its potential to revolutionize architecture, or they risk becoming obsolete.
In the past two years, AI has become a hot topic among architects and designers, accelerated by the advent of text-to-image generation software such as OpenAI’s Dall-E 2 and Midjourney. Many users have created images of imaginary buildings using these tools, leading designers to predict that AI will become a top trend in 2023.