When you read this article it may stir up nostalgic memories of Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Skynet. It may even fuel Elon Musk’s everlasting paranoia about how AI may one day overthrow the human race. Whatever ends up happening, we think it’s super-cool that Google has created something that optimizes its existing code without human interference. AutoML now “produces better code than its programmers” and is “designed to be a solution to the problem of the lack of machine learning talent.” In a few hours it can accomplish what takes a human weeks to do.
Whether you believe automation will eliminate jobs or create more, you have to be excited by what the future holds in the world of AI. Google of course is leading the way in automatic machine learning AI which some coders may pause and ask “Why should I even bother to learn how to code if machines can do it for me?” The answer is simply that someone has to build the programs that engage in this level of machine learning and AI. There will be a shortage of people who understand how AI and machine learning works for a very long time which means demand should sky rocket. As a coder, you can be a part of the next generation of coders that does this, improving the world in ways never thought imaginable.
As coding solves these problems it will free up time for people to take on others. As people, we are problem solving entities and coding is a part of our tool chest to make this happen. Have you ever felt like there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything? Well, we can create more time so we can do more of the stuff we enjoying doing instead of wasting it on mundane tasks.