Despite what the doomsayers claim AI will not replace software engineers

The advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) including those in large language models (LLMs) have led to profound changes in how we live, work and play, and stoked fears about the future of our livelihoods. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has even gone as far as declaring that kids no longer need to learn how to code. While AI has certainly transformed society by automating tasks and improving efficiency, there are certain roles that AI will not replace—one of which is the software engineer.

Winston Tang

The unique role of software engineers

AI excels in automating repetitive tasks and processing vast amounts of data. It can even generate high-quality code snippets, which might suggest a potential to replace software engineers. However, the essence of software engineering goes beyond mere coding. It involves creativity, problem-solving, and innovation—qualities that AI cannot mimic.


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