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Am I still relevant as a programmer now that there's AI?
Computers have long been able to do amazing things, but it sure feels like things have changed a lot recently.
One thing I’ve been thinking about: will computer programming still be relevant in the future?
I’m not sure, one way or the other.
On one hand, I write code a lot. If a machine can ever write better code, faster than me… well, my programming skills probably won’t be useful any more.
On the other hand, it seems like much of the value I provide is doing human things: thinking, planning, communicating, etc. So I want to believe that I’ll still be programming productively for a long time. But maybe that’s juts rationalization on my part 😬.
To hopefully stay useful, here’s what I’m going to do:
Double down on the human parts of my work. Keep improving communication, leadership, coaching, etc. (And hope machines are further off from doing these…)
Start learning how AI works. Don’t let it be a magic black box that I don’t understand.
Stay on top of software development practices, including those using AI.
What do you think? Will programmers still be relevant in the future (please say yes…)? And what are you going to do to stay useful? Comment below, and subscribe!