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  • Writer's pictureJason Ellis

Will ChatGPT steal our programming jobs?

For fun, I gave ChatGPT a bunch of text from my website and told it to write a post in my voice "on how awesome I think ChatGPT is and that I feel it will make people better programmers, and not steal our jobs.".. Let's see how it did.

As a language model developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT has revolutionized the field of artificial intelligence and natural language processing. It is an incredible tool that has the ability to process natural language, understand context and generate responses in a way that mimics human-like interaction. As someone who works in the field of programming, I believe that ChatGPT is an amazing technology that has the potential to enhance our work and make us better programmers. Okay I agree with this.

Firstly, ChatGPT is a powerful tool for developers and programmers as it can help us to understand and write code more efficiently. The ability to communicate naturally with a machine and receive meaningful responses can help us to clarify our thoughts and ideas, making it easier to write accurate code that functions as intended. Additionally, the technology can help us to quickly identify and correct syntax errors, reducing the amount of time we spend debugging and increasing our productivity. Again, I agree with this. There are a few cases where I asked it to write code to do a task and it did a fairly poor job. There is a such a thing as "context" within programming languages and code, similar to how context is an important concept in spoken language that I feel it's still missing a bit. It also tends to do things in a somewhat "older" style, especially in javascript. But over all, its pretty damn handy.

Furthermore, ChatGPT can be used to automate repetitive programming tasks, freeing up our time to focus on more complex and interesting work. For example, we can use the technology to generate boilerplate code or create code snippets for commonly used functions. This can save us significant amounts of time and help us to work more efficiently. Truth! I have actually had it give me ideas on how to best write a function on more than one occasion after I had written my version of the function just to see if it came up with something better.. I'm ashamed to say that sometimes it did.

It is important to note that despite the many benefits of ChatGPT, it is not a threat to our jobs as programmers. Rather, it is a tool that we can use to enhance our skills and make our work more efficient. As with any new technology, there may be concerns that it will replace human workers, but the reality is that ChatGPT is not capable of replacing the skills and knowledge that humans bring to the table. Exactly. Again, I agree completely. I actually got into an argument with it at one point about the best way to implement something because the way it was doing it was wrong. I provided it with an example of how it was wrong and it actually corrected it self. In so doing, made me a better programmer because I had to defend my position.

Instead, ChatGPT is a tool that can help us to focus on the more creative and strategic aspects of programming. It can help us to automate mundane tasks and free up our time to work on more complex and interesting projects. Ultimately, it is up to us as programmers to decide how we use this technology, and to ensure that we are using it in a way that enhances our skills and benefits our work. I see it as an augmenting tool and I bet it wont be long before it's incorporated into IDE's. I think we are a very long way though from it being have to program from the ground up a solution to meet all of our needs.

In conclusion, ChatGPT is an incredible technology that has the potential to revolutionize the field of programming. It is a powerful tool that can help us to write more accurate code, automate repetitive tasks, and work more efficiently. However, it is important to remember that this technology is not a threat to our jobs, but rather a tool that we can use to enhance our skills and make our work more efficient. As a programmer, I am excited to see how ChatGPT will continue to evolve and enhance our work, and I encourage my fellow programmers to embrace this technology and use it to enhance their skills and abilities.

... I mean.. I really couldn't have said that last paragraph any better... Maybe I should be more fearful of it replacing my blog writing?!

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