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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 9:49
professionalAdam David Hill20-Feb-22 9:49 
GeneralAI is only as good as we are Pin
Stylianos Polychroniadis18-Feb-22 8:55
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GeneralAn AI can drive cars? Pin
John Wellbelove16-Feb-22 22:57
MemberJohn Wellbelove16-Feb-22 22:57 
GeneralProcessing power Pin
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 22:21
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GeneralRe: Processing power Pin
trønderen17-Feb-22 5:57
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GeneralMissing option - programmers WROTE the AI Pin
Marc Clifton16-Feb-22 16:15
mvaMarc Clifton16-Feb-22 16:15 
GeneralAI Can't Drive a Car -or- Write a Novel Pin
matblue2515-Feb-22 7:12
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GeneralRe: AI Can't Drive a Car -or- Write a Novel Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 9:38
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GeneralExplaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
Cpichols15-Feb-22 3:04
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GeneralRe: Explaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 9:11
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GeneralRe: Explaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
Cpichols15-Feb-22 10:04
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GeneralRe: Explaining the task to an AI might be as difficult as writing the code ... for now Pin
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 21:10
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GeneralThere is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
maze314-Feb-22 22:58
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GeneralRe: There is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 9:14
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GeneralRe: There is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
CodeWraith16-Feb-22 21:37
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GeneralRe: There is no current AI that does these things, currently Machine Learning Pin
trønderen17-Feb-22 5:42
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Maybe I possess the oldest printout of a conversation with Eliza, on yellowish teletype paper, dated 1976.

I came across a SNOBOL4 version of Eliza, roughly 200 lines long. That single program was the reason why I decided to learn SNOBOL. Even today, I think that an interpreter / compiler should be generally available, and programmers should know it.

OK, so you can do similar things with regex. In contrast to regex, SNOBOL is readable (Geek and Poke: regex[^]).

The "bad" thing about studying a 200 line Eliza program is that you fully realize how far from any sort of "intelligence" it is. During the following decades, Eliza was extended (and in some cases renamed), capable of keeping up conversations about thousands of topics, relying on huge databases with sentences and sentence fragments making so much sense that you overlook the mechanically generated "glue" fitting the parts together in very convincing ways. If you are not aware that you are talking with an Eliza, you may be fooled for a long time - but if you become even slightly suspicious, and have ever studied the inner workings of (even a primitive version of) Eliza, it won't take that long to unveil her.

But ... I have met lots of people that are just the same way Smile | :) Especially sales people who have been taught how to put together sentences and fragments to create a reply to customer questions. You see it in junior programmers, who have learned their share of professional buzzwords, but really do not understand what they represent (and what they hide).

And, not to forget, politicians! In Norwegian, there is a saying "Sheep are all right animals". Back in 1983, a Norwegian politician named Liv Finstad argued in a radio interview that the farmers should put more resources into sheep farming, and was countered with Why? She was completely unprepared for this, just referring to one of the bullet points in her party's program, and slightly bewildered all she managed to come up with was "Well ... Sheep are all right animals ...".

I think this is the epitome of Eliza politicians.
GeneralWe will continue to be useful, the tools we use will change Pin
harvyk014-Feb-22 21:23
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GeneralContext, context, context Pin
willichan14-Feb-22 9:21
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GeneralRe: Context, context, context Pin
trønderen15-Feb-22 8:16
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GeneralRe: Context, context, context Pin
willichan16-Feb-22 9:53
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GeneralRe: Context, context, context Pin
trønderen16-Feb-22 11:44
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GeneralI Am A Robot Pin
snorkie14-Feb-22 7:04
professionalsnorkie14-Feb-22 7:04 
Generalhumans have no limits in imagination Pin
Irina Pykhova14-Feb-22 6:10
professionalIrina Pykhova14-Feb-22 6:10 
Generalneither in stupidity Pin
Nelek14-Feb-22 7:07
protectorNelek14-Feb-22 7:07 
GeneralRe: neither in stupidity Pin
Irina Pykhova14-Feb-22 7:35
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