'Learn to Write:' AI Advancements Mean Code Will Be Written in Natural English

'Learn to Write:' AI Advancements Mean Code Will Be Written in Natural English

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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7zxn7/learn-to-write-ai-advancements-mean-code-will-be-written-in-natural-english

AI-powered chatbot ChatGPT is, according to its boosters, poised to disrupt or even make obsolete everything writerly—from the college essay to legal arguments. But large language models are already transforming another human pursuit: writing code. 

Coding, essentially the process of humans communicating with computers, didn’t always refer to using programming languages like Python and Javascript to develop an application. During the early days of computer programming, before keyboards were invented, coding meant flipping switches. Then, coding meant punching digits into cards. As high-level coding languages were introduced, beginning with C in 1972, coding started to become not only more efficient but also closer and closer to our natural human language. Along the way, coding became a highly-valued, and high-paying, skill, to the point that coders have long told laid-off writers, "Learn to code."