The Main ConcernsChatGPT has exploded incredibly in popularity in the last few months, and there are even some guesses that massive layoffs have something to do with the rise of the bot. For example, Microsoft announced huge investments into OpenAI right after a significant reduction of staff. Is it possible that a workforce will get replaced by AI? At a glance, ChatGPT may seem like a smart choice for companies since a computer doesn’t sleep, doesn’t eat, doesn’t burn out, doesn’t get sick, or requires leave days. A perfect worker! “At some point, it’s going to be something that is competing with you in the white-collar workforce,” said Varun Mayya, CEO of software company Avalon Scenes. And then she even added that “I don’t think it’s limited to just white collar, though. I think eventually it’s going to be everything.” Yet, not everyone is far so categorical. The thoughts are controversial, and Andrew Piper, a professor at McGill University, recently said that he didn’t see AI tools like ChatGPT would become job replacers in the future. Despite its growing popularity, ChatGPT still has some flaws, so it won’t be able to replace humans right away. Anyways, if we recall the times when Alexander Bell invented the telephone, it should be noted that his invention didn’t kill the art of writing letters… E-mail eventually did. Similar to substituting landline telephones with social media, ChatGPT has a high probability of penetrating all spheres of our life. But not in the foreseen future.
Why Is Your Job Safe?As it’s often the case with new technologies that have a quick breakthrough, they also trigger prospects of doom and gloom. Many believe that ChatGPT will replace programmers, journalists, creative writers, managers, and even doctors. But agree that talking to a medical AI is like talking to an actor playing your healthcare provider. Of course, it can confidently answer a wide range of health-related questions and even offer the right treatment based on your records and laboratory tests, but AI lacks the human element of cadence and empathy. SEO copywriters also truly believe that writing good content requires them to put themselves in the shoes of their heroes. A thing that a bot can hardly ever replicate. Coders can rest easy as well. Why? The important aspect of coding is that programmers often need to analyze problems and develop solutions that require logical thinking and creativity. And the bot can’t boast of good critical thinking, at least on the human level. This means a developer can come up with a much more elegant and efficient solution than AI. Plus, programmers don’t just produce code. They fix bugs and keep improving their existing code while often working with a big development team to do this. ChatGPT, in its turn, just writes code. And its code is far from ideal — it can write simple code like “Hello, world!” in HTML, but complex ones are still an unbearable task for the bot since they require much reasoning and logical thinking. Moreover, Stack Overflow even banned ChatGPT after it answered some programming questions incorrectly. So, we believe developers shouldn't consider ChatGPT as a serious rival. Not yet.
ChatGPT Can Become a Valuable AssetThat’s not to say, ChatGPT won’t impact the programmers' work at all. It can lend a helping hand to developers and make their jobs a little simpler. In reality, ChatGPT is an excellent tool that can be used for code generation when it comes to mundane and trivial tasks, allowing coders to focus on more complicated architecture and the creative side that calls for human intelligence. In other words, developers will no longer have to concentrate on generic functions or write boilerplate code. They can simply delegate this to ChatGPT. Here are the main benefits of using ChatGPT for coders:
It can save you valuable time. For example, if you’re struggling with some programming task, ChatGPT can help you solve it faster. And by taking care of the basic work for you, the bot may free up your time for more important things.
ChatGPT can enhance your productivity. Naturally, by helping you with grunt programming tasks, the bot prevents you from burning out and allows you to focus on more complex code. Hence, an increase in your productivity and enhanced skills.
- It can help you learn new things. When you’re struggling to understand a particular concept or solve an issue, most likely, ChatGPT can explain everything clearly to you or help you fix that boring bug. So, you’ll have an opportunity to learn new concepts faster and, eventually, become a better developer.
Besides the aforementioned points, Senior Java Developer and our mentor, Vadym Novakovskyi, further adds some arguments in favor of ChatGPT and tells us how it can make us better.
As you can see, at first glance, ChatGPT may seem to create big problems for developers, but in reality, we can really benefit from it.