AI is coming for you and your job  

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
16 February 2018
New Tech

What keeps software developers awake at night? (We asked the team here and their answers weren’t very PG.)       

Deep learning
Well, front-end development is about to change, rapidly. A lot of developers are starting to worry about the impact of AI on their careers. Deep learning is going to make building software so much easier, and automating basic HTML and CSS will become part of everyday processes.

Advancements in machine learning allows algorithms to learn how to write programs and detect bugs in code (accurately too). Devs, you’re not out of a job just yet. The biggest barrier at the moment is computing power. It would take a lot of juice to automate huge amounts of code.

Generation Gap
Most developers start off learning several languages and progress throughout their careers (got to outwit those pesky robots). But then there’s the generation gap. Some Devs that have been in the industry for years get to a point in their career where they plateau. It’s often when they’ve moved away from hands-on coding to managing other programmers. Are new languages now out of their skill set, or are they lacking the motivation to learn?

Staying up to date is key. Last year, research into artificial front-end automation started to kick off. In this example by FloydHub, a neural network is taught to code a basic HTML and CSS website based on a design mock-up. It shows how simple parts of coding could become an automated process in the future.

So, should you start looking for an AI to make your software design dreams a reality? Probably not yet. It’s going to take a while before and AI will be able to create production-worthy code that’s longer than a few lines. So, as long as Devs stay ahead of the curve and embrace AI, they’ll still be working.

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