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Future Holds Bots Programming Themselves; But Where Do We Go From Here?

Nov 29, 2016 12:50 PM EST

Software development appears to have reached a stage where "self-written" code is becoming better and better than humans. This is considering we have only gone a few decades since the invention of the internet, and it seems even human programmers are starting to be obsolete.

According to Venture Beat, there are multiple paradigm shifts that have led us to AI-based code generation. 

For instance, the introduction of WordPress in 2003 has allowed it to grow in popularity with plugins and themes. This even allowed even the most non-technical of entrepreneurs to launch websites without writing any code. 

WordPress currently powers 26.5 percent of the entirety of the web, the rest being powered by open-source code, node, and other frameworks. 

Node is a way for JavaScript to run on a server with client-side code and backend code written without switching languages. In fact building software products with Node has been described as "playing with Lego blocks."

Meanwhile, APIs for almost any app conceivable is available online. And if not, SaaS, BaaS, and other frameworks allow the means to make such an app. Of course, this is not the same as building a company, but it does allow anyone to be the ambitious developer.

Businesses are now slowly  being built on open-source packages, hybrid frameworks,and development tools. Students can learn how to code in 12 weeks, and non-developers can create web apps from scratch without writing their code.

Some are even creating AI to use machine learning to build and design these apps for you. This is why a lot of entrepreneurs are encouraging developers to expand their skill sets and learn more about the growing trends such as AI, augmented reality, virtual reality and machine learning. 

It appears education is the "only way out" from a future where AI does better things than the ones who have created them. According to Back Channel, Google is even beginning to retrain its employees.

Not only that, but there is also a future with messaging. Breakthroughs in deep learning and reinforcement learning are now starting to teach AI to understand natural language processing in a whole new level. Actual projects are becoming more and more capable of speech recognition and becoming conversational interfaces. This means there might be even a future where we don't have to type for a machine to understand. 

The rise of personal assistants will also mean a resurgence on the part of devices to be "smarter" and more equipped to evolve with other Internet-of-Today products. 

Machine learning, too, is on the rise. According to the Venture Beat piece, 2016 has over 200 AI-focused companies that raised $1.5 billion in funding all focusing on machine learning. This includes plans of big companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. 

This means the rise of machine learning will mark the rise of humans as "better" managers. According to the Independent, companies like Accenture and Deloitte are now leveraging on data transparency to provide the right assessment of employees for more holistic assessments of work.  

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