AI in Software Development

Did you hear that? ChatGPT creator OpenAI might be training its AI technology to replace some software engineers!

It may sound daunting at first, but experts in the software development domain are unfazed by this news. There is a general consensus on adopting AI in software development as it can significantly improve efficiency. But when it comes to the question of AI taking over software development, experts believe that AI will instead expedite the pace of modern software development, promote experimentation, and transform the existing software engineering process.

Whether it’s Requirement Gathering, User Stories, UI/UX Design, Architecture Definition, Coding, Integrations, Testing, or the Deployment process, popular AI tools like OpenAI Codex, Chat GPT-4, AWS Codewhisperer, Jenkins, and Github’s Copilot have much to offer and provide assistance in.

Jonathan Burket, a senior engineering manager at Duolingo, says that Copilot has made him 25% more efficient. This aligns well with a paper by Microsoft and MIT researchers, which found that developers using AI tools or an AI software developer can complete their tasks 55.8% faster.

Again, does this mean AI is taking over?

First, let’s get all caught up on what AI can and cannot do in software development.

What AI can do What AI cannot do
Automate routine tasks Generate truly creative and original content or code. 
Augment development processes by providing suggestions, code examples, and debugging assistance. Design complex systems or understand business requirements. AI models can only understand and reason within the context of the data they have been trained on.
Create new job opportunities in areas such as AI model training and customization, maintaining and improving AI systems, and ensuring ethical use of AI.  Keep up with the latest advancements in programming. 
Free up developers to focus on more complex and creative work. Learn and adapt to new information and situations as quickly as humans. AI models must be trained on new data to learn and adapt.

 

One thing we can conclude from this is: It is important to have a realistic understanding of AI’s capabilities to avoid making inaccurate or misleading claims about its abilities. While generative AI can be a valuable tool, it is not a replacement for human developers.

Ready for a reality check?

*Drum rolls* Rise of the Titans Software Developers!

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Contrary to the fears that stem from “AI taking over software development jobs,” the demand for software developers in all industries is strong and projected to grow.

  • The S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)predicts a 25% increase in software developer employment over the next decade, surpassing the average growth rate for all occupations.
  • According to the BLS, the median annual wage for software developers is $109,020 (as of May 2021), significantly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the United States.

This growing demand for software developers can be attributed to the widespread use of mobile devices and integration of technology across multiple industries like finance, healthcare, etc.  Moreso, the rising field of artificial intelligence (AI) is creating new opportunities for machine learning engineers.

Similarly, Alan Fern, director of AI research at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, argues that AI won’t affect the qualified development workforce. He says, “I think programmers will be employed for a long time, but the efficiency will improve dramatically.” Rest assured, those who embrace AI tools will be ahead of the curve in the ever-changing software development landscape.

Bottomline if you are a software developer: AI won’t replace you, but an AI software developer can…

So what is the future of software development going to look like?

Picture this: a future where software engineering becomes an exciting partnership between humans and artificial intelligence. The process can be split into two stages: creativity and delivery. In the creativity stage, AI collaborates with business analysts and software architects to gather requirements, solve business problems, create user experiences, design the architecture, and set acceptance criteria. This stage requires human involvement to train the AI on project-specific needs and the knowledge of stakeholders.

Once the creative stage is complete, we move to the delivery stage, where AI takes the lead in generating, testing, and deploying the code. Senior software engineers still play an essential role in reviewing and refining the code, but they can now focus on more complex tasks like fixing errors and improving performance. AI in software development can also help identify bugs and suggest solutions, making the development process more accurate and efficient.

Broadly speaking, this shift to a more AI-driven software engineering process can result in higher-quality software being delivered faster.

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What’s new?

Prompt Engineering!

Prompt engineering is a new field focusing on training and adapting AI tools to get the most out of new Large Language Models (LLMs). The main goal of prompt engineering is to optimize the performance of language models, ensuring they produce accurate and valuable results.

The demand for prompt engineers is growing rapidly. According to LinkedIn data, the number of job postings containing the term “GPT” has increased by 51% in the past year. Interestingly, some experts argue that prompt engineering is a short-lived field. As AI tools constantly evolve, the skills required for prompt engineering may become obsolete in a few years.

Our word on the job market: Fear not!

The crux is that the future of AI in software development is open, and it is likely to create new opportunities in fields just like prompt engineering. Much similar to the Dot-Com bubble, the Financial Crisis of 2008, and the more recent COVID-19 Pandemic, the rise of AI is likely to lead to some job losses in the short term. However, it is also likely to create new jobs and new opportunities for innovation and growth.

Jannat is a Content and Marketing specialist with a strong interest in copywriting, data analysis, and lead generation. Currently, she is exploring Sales in IT to broaden her skill set and explore new opportunities for professional growth. With an interdisciplinary academic background, Jannat holds majors in history and literature alongside minor studies in computer science and programming. She loves challenges and welcomes opportunities to learn new things. Throughout her academic and professional journey, she has consistently demonstrated diligence and a commitment to excellence, earning her notable awards and recognitions. When she is not working, she can be found reading Robin Sharma, watching documentaries about the medieval era, healthy dieting (as best as she can), painting, and laughing at her own jokes.

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