Is it time to integrate autonomous software development and fire all your engineers? (No — and at VB Transform we dish the real goods)

by | Jun 26, 2024 | Technology

Honestly, the question was never “will AI take over software engineering?” but “when?” Is that a bad thing? The convo is ongoing, with online free-for-alls and in-depth executive discussions at VB Transform and all. But like all tricky-complicated AI topics and to everyone’s great shock, it hasn’t pumped the brakes at all, on the endless development of new AI-powered coding tools.

Once upon a time and back in the olden days (2021), your friendly coding pal who was fun to be with looked like GitHub Copilot or Amazon CodeWhisperer, AI assistants that, depending on the press release, power, enable and/or drive faster, smarter and/or more strategic software development, giving engineers more time to do creative work/the work that matters, which presumably includes things like “going home on time and having meaningful conversations with their families.”

Crowding on to the scene, to the great interest of the larger development community, have come tools like Google’s Gemini Code Assist, Microsoft’s AutoDev (announced back in March) and more, with a little more get-up-and-go than their predecessors. GitHub’s Copilot Enterprise kicked it up a notch, aiming its sights on big corporations with big development teams.

Itamar Friedman, co-founder & CEO, CodiumAI (and VB Transform speaker)

But the coding tools of the brave new future are finally here, and everything is going to be as shiny and technicolor-bright as Star Trek any minute now, universal basic income ahoy. Applied AI lab Cognition calls its recent platform, Devin AI, a “fully autonomous software engineer” (and because everyone wants one of those, it’s also …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnHonestly, the question was never “will AI take over software engineering?” but “when?” Is that a bad thing? The convo is ongoing, with online free-for-alls and in-depth executive discussions at VB Transform and all. But like all tricky-complicated AI topics and to everyone’s great shock, it hasn’t pumped the brakes at all, on the endless development of new AI-powered coding tools.

Once upon a time and back in the olden days (2021), your friendly coding pal who was fun to be with looked like GitHub Copilot or Amazon CodeWhisperer, AI assistants that, depending on the press release, power, enable and/or drive faster, smarter and/or more strategic software development, giving engineers more time to do creative work/the work that matters, which presumably includes things like “going home on time and having meaningful conversations with their families.”

Crowding on to the scene, to the great interest of the larger development community, have come tools like Google’s Gemini Code Assist, Microsoft’s AutoDev (announced back in March) and more, with a little more get-up-and-go than their predecessors. GitHub’s Copilot Enterprise kicked it up a notch, aiming its sights on big corporations with big development teams.

Itamar Friedman, co-founder & CEO, CodiumAI (and VB Transform speaker)

But the coding tools of the brave new future are finally here, and everything is going to be as shiny and technicolor-bright as Star Trek any minute now, universal basic income ahoy. Applied AI lab Cognition calls its recent platform, Devin AI, a “fully autonomous software engineer” (and because everyone wants one of those, it’s also …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]

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