Will Robots Replace Developers?

Robots are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives. From vacuuming our homes, to moving boxes in warehouses and now even driving our cars, Technology continues to be more integrated into everything we do.

IBM’s Watson’s overwhelming victory on Jeopardy last year was yet another example of the rapid development of robotic technology. In fact renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil has predicted that machines will be able to match the intelligence of humans by 2029.

With all these advances in technology how soon will these robots be able to replace expensive software engineers? CIO.com attempted to address this question in this recent November article.

In the article two startups are mentioned that are attempting to use robots to build software. As robust as they are these tools still rely heavily on the end user to create the software. The technology appears to be best suited for processes that are highly rules driven, and the requirement for which is too tactical or short-lived to justify development by IT organizations.

What do you think, how soon do you think technology will replace software engineers?  It is our opinion that won’t happen anytime soon. Your best developers whether they are in-house or on an offshore team are simply far too valuable. Ray Kurzweil has a pretty good track record of accurate predictions, but it is our opinion that your best and most highly motivated team members will never be able to be replaced by technology, even in 2029.

Josh Roley
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