Coders and programmers could find themselves becoming marginalized by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, with humans being replaced in these jobs by 2040, according to a study from academic researchers published by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The report predicted by 2040, machine learning and natural language processing technologies will have become so advanced they will be able to write better software code faster than the best human coders.
In addition, "the major technologies that will drive the creation and adoption of machine-generated code already exist, either at research institutions or in the marketplace," the researchers note.
The researchers also predict there will be discrepancies between hardware architectures and software requirements, which will result in systems that cater to these disparities.
"Extreme heterogeneity, along with the rest of the computing world, will be required to move with the demands of usability and productivity in interesting ways," the study says.
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