Airbnb develops an AI which converts design into source code

Oct. 30, 2017, 8:58 p.m. By: Pranjal Kumar

Airbnb AI

Everyone knows that coding is one of the most tedious and time-consuming processes while developing any products. One has to make sure that the product looks exactly like the planned one. It consumes lots of time and resource to make it perfect. Airbnb is one company which has decided to solve this problem using Artificial Intelligence.

Airbnb has developed a new AI system which will empower its designers and product engineers to take ideas from the sketch and turn them into actual products. This aims to simplify the overall development of the product by allowing developers to focus more on issues like testing functional prototypes rather than worrying about the modules and components of the software.

Benjamin Wilkins (Airbnb design technology lead) said that anyone should not spend time in testing an idea. He said,” Every step in the design process is a dead end. He also mentioned that work stops whenever one discipline finishes a portion of the project and passes responsibility to another.”

One of the best thing that Airbnb has its complete documentation about using the software. The documentation has several components well defined. Wilkins believes that AI powered assisted prototyping will become an important feature in future iterations of Airbnb’s product development suite.

Airbnb is not the only that is working to developing an AI system to turn the design into code. A Copenhagen based start-up UIzard also showed the same technology. Their product also autonomously interprets raw product mock-ups and proceed to translate them into the source code.

Now the main question that all these companies have to solve id regarding the accuracy of the system. Nobody wants to make the bad design as it can leave a negative impression on customers. So, companies like Airbnb and UIzard need to work to enhance the accuracy of their software.

Benjamin Wilkins Airbnb - Thinking in Symbols for Universal Design:

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