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AI Doesn't Make Everyone A Programmer Overnight


The technology industry is bullish on AI, with Nvidia hitting the $1 trillion market cap on Tueday. Artificial intelligence (AI) is actively transforming the software development industry at a rapid pace. Developers use AI-powered tools to automate tasks, enhance code quality, and accelerate development.


The CEO of Nvidia boldly claims that everyone is now a programmer. But does this statement hold, or could it harbor potential risks? AI and the journey from shadow IT to citizen developers has led us to the proposition that everyone is a programmer.

CIOs must think deeply about this transition.


It Started With Shadow IT

CIOs often express concern about shadow IT because it creates security risks and governance challenges. Employees using unapproved software can inadvertently expose the organization to cyber threats. Furthermore, unregulated technology use can lead to data inconsistencies and difficulties troubleshooting tech issues. Therefore, CIOs prefer an organized approach where they approve and manage all IT resources.


When the IT department struggles to meet business needs, organizations often resort to shadow IT, seeking solutions outside of standard procedures. CIOs increasingly adopt the citizen developer model to expedite IT service and establish structure.


Citizen Developer

Citizen developers are business users with little to no coding experience who build applications with IT-approved technology. The notion of end-users creating their solutions isn't new, but the significant impact of providing citizen developers with more technology tools requiring limited coding knowledge is powerful.


Gartner also predicted citizen developers will be the norm in 2024, while CIOs increasingly endorse the citizen developer model. They prefer this structured approach over shadow IT within the organization.


Everyone Is A Programmer

Generative AI empowers anyone to create software, eliminating the need for advanced coding skills. This innovative technology enables the generation of code, the production of text, and the design of images. Consequently, it allows anyone with a creative idea to actualize a software application without the prerequisite of mastering coding.


To maximize the power of AI, it should serve as a tool that enhances the capabilities of a skilled individual rather than being used by a novice. This is precisely where the strength of generative AI lies.


Joel Vengco, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Hartford Healthcare agrees and said, "With AI, anyone can step into the shoes of a programmer, researcher, developer, songwriter, poet without years of training or talent…but truly creating and discerning profound value or beauty of those creations will still matter."


Critical thinking and human judgment are still crucial in technology and software development. Aaron Miri, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Baptist Healthcare in Jacksonville, said "saying everyone is a programmer is like saying everyone is an artist. AI will never replace human judgment but it absolutely will augment it."


In conclusion, AI will be a pivotal catalyst to accelerate technological development.

However, it's crucial to understand that human skills, specifically critical thinking, and creativity, remain indispensable as the foundational elements. While AI can automate and optimize processes, the human mind's unique abilities to discern complex situations, think critically, and foster creative solutions are irreplaceable and integral to realizing the full potential of AI-driven technologies.

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