by George Dyke….
As we enter an era wondering what will prevail with Artificial Intelligence (AI), automotive designers are using the technology to imagine the re-introduction of some classic Citroën models.
The thing that concerns me about using AI in this manner is the effect it is going to have in preserving the virtues and historical significance of classic Citroën designs.
Anything I have seen rendered by AI gets somewhat the same look as to what Citroën designers in the last century would have penned, but at best the subtleness and sophistication is amiss.
Here are over 50 examples of renderings of Citroëns recently posted on Facebook and Instagram. While some are obvious CGI and others are a whimsical attempt at paying homage to a particular model, for the most part they miss the mark and all are now out there for possible misinterpretation.
Whether these artists exclusively used AI or imparted some of their traditional design talent, can we please take measures so that Flaminio Bertoni and Robert Opron are not rolling over in their graves! At least, this pleasingly re-imagined DS design pays appropriate homage.
I hope we can establish a means to ensure that AI images such as these are not going to be incorporated in into historical records that will be become inaccurate archives.
And thankfully there are a few tasteful treatments. Here’s to 2 more: