- Emad Mostaque, the founder and CEO of Stability AI, said in an interview that in five years, there will be no human programmers anymore, as AI tools will be the modern programmers.
- Mostaque also mentioned GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke’s statement that Codex has written 40% of the code among developers who have been using it.
- In this article, BitPinas also asked Bard, ChatGPT, and Bing Chat if they agree with Mostaque’s statement or not. Find out their answers.
In our recent article about high-paying AI-related jobs, it is clearly indicated that all jobs require professionals to learn programming languages. In fact, almost all technology-related jobs require programming as a basic skill.
Even in the Philippines, the demand for being a computer programmer is so high that the average annual salary that firms offer them reaches up to ₱230,000.00.
But for Emad Mostaque, the founder and CEO of Stability AI, the firm that produced Stable Diffusion, a suite of generative text-to-image models that can produce hyper-realistic and high-resolution images from natural language prompts, “human programmers” have five years left to prove themselves, as artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots will soon replace them.
Is the Demand for Human Programmers Declining?
“There will be no (human) programmers in five years. 40% of all code right now is AI-generated. In three months, we overtook Bitcoin and Ethereum in Github and developed popularity there,” Mostaque explained, adding that AI is gaining more popularity than cryptocurrencies recently.
Are AI-Generated Codes Better Than Human-Made Ones?
Mostaque is probably referring to GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke’s statement that Codex, an AI tool developed by OpenAI that parses natural language and generates code in response, has written 40% of the code among developers who have been using it since it went into beta later this year.
Apparently, Codex powers GitHub Copilot, a programming autocompletion tool for select integrated development environment (IDE) softwares, like Visual Studio Code and Neovim. Last month, Codex reported that it had written nearly 30% of its new code with AI assistance.
Meanwhile, a newly published study of GitHub revealed that 70% of American programmers believe AI is providing significant benefits to their code, such as improved code quality, faster outputs, and fewer production-level incidents.
This could be supported by the findings of a study by Cornell University, which found that the latest versions of ChatGPT, GitHub Copilot, and Amazon CodeWhisperer generate correct codes 65.2%, 46.3%, and 31.1% of the time, respectively, with the time it takes them to generate codes ranging from five to nine minutes only.
Do AI Chatbots Agree With Mostaque’s Claim?
Since we are talking about AI tools for programming work, BitPinas has asked for the top three known chatbots available for free with this prompt:
“Emad Mostaque, the founder and CEO of Stability AI, claimed that in five years, there will be no human programmers left as AI tools will serve as modern programmers. Do you agree with this?”
Among the chatbots, Bard of Google gave the most straightforward answer, highlighting that human programmers will still be necessary for the foreseeable future as they will continue to be needed for their versatility, reliability, and creativity.
Meanwhile, for ChatGPT of OpenAI, there are still skills in which human programmers excel and AI tools cannot, including problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, and domain expertise.
Lastly, Bing Chat of Microsoft doubted that AI tools can replace human creativity, intuition, ethics, and collaboration, and that human programmers will still be needed to design, develop, and maintain AI systems, as well as to ensure their safety, fairness, and accountability.
Closing Thoughts: AI vs Human Programmer Debate
As you can observe, the answers of these three AI chatbots that we asked commonly emphasized that instead of replacing human programmers, AI tools are here to help them, enhance the quality of their code, and make the work easier and more accurate.
Let me end with this statement of Bard:
“I do believe that AI tools will play an increasingly important role in the future of programming. They will be able to automate many of the tasks that are currently performed by human programmers, which will free up human programmers to focus on more creative and strategic work. As a result, I believe that the future of programming will be a hybrid of human and AI, with each bringing their own unique strengths to the table.”
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