Will AI render programming obsolete?

– Generative AI transforms human-readable descriptions into working code.

– Novice programmers face challenges in correctly specifying tasks.

– Transformer-based systems, like ChatGPT, turn casual descriptions into code.

– Hallucination is a problem; transformers may produce reasonable-sounding but incorrect code.

– Difficulty in writing verbal descriptions of tasks poses a challenge.

– Pairs study shows explaining tasks verbally is error-prone, akin to traditional coding.

– Programming involves deciding behaviors, not just expressing them.

– Generative AI helps convey desires to computers but requires training.

– Democratization of programming makes learning to code more important than ever.

– While AI expands understanding, humans must still learn to be understood.