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  • Lokajit Tikayatray

"Everyone" Can Now Be a Programmer

Are you ready to survive and thrive in the future of programming?


You now have a computer which does what you tell it; It’s vital we upskill everybody; The process of upskilling will be delightful & amazing.
Jensen Huang(Nvidia CEO)

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang recently said AI could make traditional coding languages obsolete. His comments are not just a forecast of the future. They are a call for software engineers and aspiring programmers to adapt and thrive in this new dawn.


Technology is changing fast. The arrival of AI has sparked a revolution in how we make software.


I am a software engineer with over 18 years of experience. I’ve seen the industry change firsthand. We used to craft careful code in languages like Java and C++. Now, AI promises to make programming accessible to all.


AI Programming Future

The Democratization of Programming

Over the last 10–15 years, almost everybody who sits on a stage like this would tell you that it is vital that your children learn computer science, everybody should learn how to program. In fact, it is almost exactly the opposite. It is our job to create computing technology such that nobody has to program, and that the programming language is human. Everybody in the world is now a programmer. This is the miracle of AI.
Jensen Huang(Nvidia CEO)

Jensen Huang’s vision of a future where AI bridges the “digital divide” is not merely speculative; it’s already unfolding.


AI’s capability to understand and act upon instructions in natural language is lowering the barriers to programming, making it accessible to a broader audience. This democratization of programming shows the inclusive potential of AI. It invites people from diverse backgrounds to contribute to software development. They can do so without needing to master complex coding languages.



The Evolution of a Software Engineer’s Role

As someone who has been developing software for nearly two decades, I understand the apprehensions surrounding AI’s rise. There’s a lingering fear that AI might replace the need for human programmers.


However, this perspective overlooks the essence of software engineering: the ability to solve complex problems creatively.


Focus on problem solving rather than just coding

Coding was never the source of value, and people shouldn’t get overly attached to it. Problem solving is the core skill.
John Carmack (former CTO of Oculus VR)

With its current capabilities, AI enhances our toolset, enabling us to focus on higher-level problem-solving and innovation. The core of our profession lies not in the syntax of our code but in our ability to conceptualize solutions to real-world challenges.



A Strategy to Remain Relevant

AI will not replace you. But if you don’t learn to use AI, you can certainly get replaced by a developer who knows how to use it.

The key to thriving in this AI-enhanced future is adaptability. As software engineers or an aspiring programmer, you must embrace AI as an ally.


Here are several strategies to ensure our continued relevance and success:


  • Deepen Your Problem-Solving Skills: AI can handle routine coding tasks, but the creative problem-solving and critical thinking inherent to software engineering remain uniquely human. Cultivate these skills to leverage AI effectively and innovate beyond its capabilities.

  • Learn AI and Machine Learning Fundamentals: A basic understanding of AI and machine learning principles will enable you to work alongside AI, harness its strengths, and mitigate its limitations. This knowledge will be invaluable as AI increasingly integrates into our development processes .

  • Continuously Upskill: The tech industry’s only constant is change. Stay abreast of the latest technologies, languages, and frameworks. Engage with the community, take part in workshops, and take online courses to ensure your skills remain on the cutting edge.

  • Cultivate Soft Skills: As programming becomes more accessible, the value of communication, empathy, and teamwork skyrockets. These skills will differentiate you in a landscape where technical capabilities are augmented by AI.

  • Explore Interdisciplinary Opportunities: AI’s influence spans every sector. Combining programming expertise with domain knowledge in healthcare, finance, or environmental science opens new avenues for impactful software solutions.



The Future

The narrative that AI will make software engineers obsolete is fundamentally flawed.


AI does not diminish our role; it transforms it.

We are at the cusp of a collaborative future where AI’s computational power amplifies human ingenuity. This synergy between human creativity and AI’s efficiency holds the promise of solving some of the most pressing challenges of our time.


Be a Successful Programmer

Jensen Huang’s insights into AI’s impact on programming are a wake-up call for software engineers and aspiring programmers. They remind us that our profession is a dynamic field that evolves with technological advancements.


As a seasoned software engineer, I view the rise of AI with optimism. It is a chance to raise our craft. It lets us focus on what we must excel at, i.e., solving problems, innovating, and creating technology that betters the world.


The future of programming is bright and filled with possibilities for those willing to adapt and grow. Let’s embrace AI as the most powerful tool in our software arsenal. Let’s forge a future where technology keeps boosting human potential.


 

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