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AI can drive a car and write a novel. What's the value a software developer brings that AI can't?

Survey period: 14 Feb 2022 to 21 Feb 2022

Are we slowly being replaced and haven't yet noticed, or will AI always be merely a tool that us Skilled Professionals wield to make a better world?

OptionVotes% 
We developers understand humans, and so can cater to their illogical needs36754.45
AI can only mimic what's been done, but can't truly innovate30645.40
AI can never make something fun8813.06
AI are terrible at team building exercises11817.51
Us developers keep entire legions of QA testers employed. An AI can't do that.7010.39
An AI could never explain to its manager why it did something20730.71
AI systems are terrible at understanding what's not being said by your manager30645.40
Nothing. Given time, AI will render us superfluous. We're doomed.13720.33
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%



 
GeneralModern AI Chess engines have demonstrated innovation Pin
Adam David Hill20-Feb-22 10:49
professionalAdam David Hill20-Feb-22 10:49 
GeneralAI is only as good as we are Pin
Stylianos Polychroniadis18-Feb-22 9:55
Stylianos Polychroniadis18-Feb-22 9:55 
GeneralAn AI can drive cars? Pin
John Wellbelove16-Feb-22 23:57
John Wellbelove16-Feb-22 23:57 
GeneralProcessing power Pin
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 23:21
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 23:21 
GeneralRe: Processing power Pin
trønderen17-Feb-22 6:57
trønderen17-Feb-22 6:57 
Have you ever considered how many different and varied tasks a human intelligence may attack, often quite successfully?

AI techniques applied today (and in the 10-20 years to come, at least) are extremely specialized. They can handle one specific, very narrow domain, and focus on a very limited set of problems within that domain. Maybe you will use the same basic mechanisms for another equally narrow domain, but then you "train" the software to handle a strictly limited problem set there, and it is a different AI.

I've lived through a few AI waves (does anyone remember the Japanese "5th generation project", with Prolog as The Tool to create True Artificial Intelligence)? They have all died out, leaving a few new programming methods behind to be taken up as commonly accepted algorithms. I am honestly surprised by how long the current AI wave has kept up, but it will happen once more that people will realize that it isn't true intelligence, it is just some new algorithms.

I am more afraid that we will come to similar conclusions about humans (at least on the population level, not individual ... hopefully).
GeneralMissing option - programmers WROTE the AI Pin
Marc Clifton16-Feb-22 17:15
mvaMarc Clifton16-Feb-22 17:15 
GeneralAI Can't Drive a Car -or- Write a Novel Pin
matblue2515-Feb-22 8:12
professionalmatblue2515-Feb-22 8:12 
GeneralRe: AI Can't Drive a Car -or- Write a Novel Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 10:38
trønderen15-Feb-22 10:38 
GeneralExplaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
Cpichols15-Feb-22 4:04
Cpichols15-Feb-22 4:04 
GeneralRe: Explaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 10:11
trønderen15-Feb-22 10:11 
GeneralRe: Explaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
Cpichols15-Feb-22 11:04
Cpichols15-Feb-22 11:04 
GeneralRe: Explaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 22:10
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 22:10 
GeneralThere is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
maze314-Feb-22 23:58
professionalmaze314-Feb-22 23:58 
GeneralRe: There is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 10:14
trønderen15-Feb-22 10:14 
GeneralRe: There is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 22:37
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 22:37 
GeneralRe: There is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
trønderen17-Feb-22 6:42
trønderen17-Feb-22 6:42 
GeneralWe will continue to be useful, the tools we use will change Pin
harvyk014-Feb-22 22:23
harvyk014-Feb-22 22:23 
GeneralContext, context, context Pin
willichan14-Feb-22 10:21
professionalwillichan14-Feb-22 10:21 
GeneralRe: Context, context, context Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 9:16
trønderen15-Feb-22 9:16 
GeneralRe: Context, context, context Pin
willichan16-Feb-22 10:53
professionalwillichan16-Feb-22 10:53 
GeneralRe: Context, context, context Pin
trønderen16-Feb-22 12:44
trønderen16-Feb-22 12:44 
GeneralI Am A Robot Pin
snorkie14-Feb-22 8:04
professionalsnorkie14-Feb-22 8:04 
Generalhumans have no limits in imagination Pin
Irina Pykhova14-Feb-22 7:10
professionalIrina Pykhova14-Feb-22 7:10 
Generalneither in stupidity Pin
Nelek14-Feb-22 8:07
protectorNelek14-Feb-22 8:07 
GeneralRe: neither in stupidity Pin
Irina Pykhova14-Feb-22 8:35
professionalIrina Pykhova14-Feb-22 8:35 

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