I see this all the time.

Automating this is enough.

How much automation they are gonna do?

Are they gonna take our jobs?

My view on the topic is automation is never enough. There are still things that can be done to improve.

Jobs will be replaced. Best new technologies remove need and trouble to do things manually. Our jobs as programmers too will someday be replaced by something easy. It is not of question of if. It is a question of when.

A civilization expands by doing things without thinking about them. 1

Though automation is not enough one could argue on the effectiveness of deciding what to automate. As with anything, a thing that should be eliminated, should not be automated.

I find the below chart to be a useful reminder 2

Those who think humans will always be superior to AI as we can “think creatively”, I think underestimate Deep Learning.

The technology had not have matured yet and there is a possibility that a point where we are not the decision-maker.

I side with Mr. Musk on Neuralink: If you can’t fight them. Join them.


//automation post

programming is having an army of minions that never get tired.

don’t forget you are developers.

write programms for yourself

  1. “Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead. Read from the book Deep Work by Cal Newport 

  2. xkcd comics: Is It Worth the Time?