A Writer Actually “Learned to Code” And Now AI Threatens That, Too

Code Switching Remember when extremist chuds were trolling journalists by telling them to “learn to code”? So do we. Writing for The Guardian, journalist-turned-coder Tristan Cross pretty aptly described the horrible conditions that led him to learn to code in the first place. “I spent the best part of the 2010s working in new media,” he wrote, “which — if you enjoyed being repeatedly laid off and then being inundated with jeering messages inveigling you to ‘learn to code’ because your industry was doomed — was a great big laugh.” Recently, after “the fun began to wear off,” Cross, whose writing has previously appeared in outlets ranging from Vice to Comedy Central, decided to actually learn to code as “an act of subversive defiance (or cowardly resignation).” “I took their goading advice, learned to code and pivoted to what I’d hoped would be a far more secure career in ‘web development,'” he wrote, “only for recent advances in AI to supposedly render coding jobs a waste of time, too.” Autocompete In reality, the tech’s shortcomings are well documented, from bungling attempts at journalism to even legal counsel. But the tech’s limitations haven’t stopped business owners from salivating over the prospect of getting to reduce their overheads by replacing human workers with much-cheaper algorithms. And the same goes for coding. Cross notes that while “playing around with various chatbots, you’ll still experience the AI making a fair amount of mistakes,” but that it’s “not difficult to envisage a not too distant future where…A Writer Actually “Learned to Code” And Now AI Threatens That, Too

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