Aastha Gaur is Google's UX Leader for Customer Engagement. Her team uses sales, support, and marketing for advertisers to elevate the customer experience for Google's business. As a designer, she has worked at boutique design studios and big corporations. Through Leading with Mindfulness, Intuition, Creativity, and Compassion, she brings her experience designing for consumers and enterprise into her passion. Her values are: Invest in people since focusing on each unique individual makes for a stronger, more connected team; inspire through craft because practicing their art with obsessive attention to detail and deep knowledge of the business earns them the trust and respect of their partners; and Xfn team first since their goals and their PM+Eng partners' goals are the same: No walled gardens. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Anurag, and their two dogs, Gustave and Rumi. She is a trained yoga and fitness instructor who used to co-own a yoga and fitness studio. Her favorite photography subjects are humans together, badass women doing badass things, and bloopers. A total Jungalow fan, she loves to decorate with plants. Her favorite way to de-stress is to play with her boys, Gustave and Rumi, who enjoy learning new tricks.
(02:26) - Past and current obsessions: A quick update on her pole-dancing studio, the language she's trying to teach herself because of a reality TV show, and her unique approach to photography
(04:57) - What AI is, why there is so much hype around it now, and the difference between consumption and creation of products using the power of AI
(07:45) - The shift from initial resistance and fear towards new technologies into acceptance and daily life integration and its natural progression that starts with younger generations as early adopters
(10:15) - Real talk: AI as a threat to livelihood vs. a tool to help enhance work
(14:03) - How she leads the customer engagement team at Google by doing sales, support, and marketing for advertisers, and the difference between AI and deterministic technology
(20:22) - Technology-forward approach vs. customer-back approach in user experience
(23:50) - Full-on experience design with design, research, conversation, content, strategy, and branding coming together through research, personalization, and AI principles using PAIR with Google.
(26:43) - Google's North Star, its overall goal that ensures the best use of technology, and the pros and cons of the technology-first approach
(31:29) - Ethical AI model training using second and third-party data
(33:32) - Aastha’s top 3 AI tips