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Does AI make coding obsolete?

In a future where you can type words to build a website, do you still need to learn how to code?

The internet had been ablaze with demos of what GPT-3 can do. GPT-3 by OpenAI is a natural language machine learning system trained from 45TB of text data, which allows it to generate sorts of content, all based on just a few input words.

Typing words to build a website

In one particular demo, a GPT-3 integrated into Figma as a plugin can take a URL and a description as inputs, and mock up a website immediately. In the demo, the developer just typed in: “a website like that is about a chat app”, and out came a website mockup on Figma looking like, but with a smartphone image showing a chat app, with relevant accompanying text.

In another demo, I saw GPT-3 spitting out React code just based on vague descriptions of what the website that the developer wanted. The amazing thing is that it can interpret a relatively vague description and output something that more or less matches what you are asking.

Just words to website. 🤯

No need to learn coding no more?

The possibilities are mind-blowing! Imagine, just typing out a few words, and voila, your website is up. A few more sentences, and boom! Your SaaS product is live. Even nocode tools can’t match up to this level of speed to launch. Of course, because it’s trained using books, articles, and other texts that humans wrote, it contains all our human biases too. But while that gets sorted out, I can’t help but feel that the reasons to learn to code to make your own products is getting more distant by the day.

Sure, you still need programmers to make tools like GPT-3, but I’m not interested in making these world-changing things. My ambitions are smaller and simpler, and if GPT-3 can make them, so be it. I’m not beholden to coding as a craftsman who enjoys his craft would. My objective is only to make stuff that I’m interested in.

So... to learn to code, or not to code, that is the question.

And maybe in the future where there's a GPT-10, that becomes a non-question for most people...

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Top comments (3)

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Ben Halpern

Worst case scenario coding becomes a bit more like sysadmin work — more overseeing the system than writing it all yourself. But I'd say at this point it is still very much worth learning to code.

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Jason Leow ~

Yeah the sysadmin analogy is a good one. That's pretty much what someone does after having created a product using nocode now.

I think it will be great for creator-minded folks who are not technically inclined and don't wish to become a pro developer but love to make products for fun or profit. Coders by heart will still want to learn to code, and we still need them to code the AI apps and nocode tools!

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Andrew Baisden

Humans > A.I.