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Augmented Software Development (ASD): Working with Bots That Code

By Dick Weisinger

There are programmers who work with AI, and now, analysts like Gartner predict that it won’t be long until there are programmers assisted by AI, Augmented Software Developers.

Mark Driver, Research Vice President at Gartner, said that “we predict that, by 2022, at least 40% of new AD (Application Development) projects will have an AI-powered ‘virtual developer’ on their team. This is because AI and ML have immediate potential in the realm of quality assurance and application testing. Automating these time-consuming tasks will support new ways of working in DevOps, mobile and Internet of Things environments.”

AI will speed up future AD projects by helping with designing, validating and generating code. Humans will be free up to focus more on the creative part of programming while AI assistants will focus on the nuts and bolts of programming.

Driver said that “AD workloads will increase exponentially in the coming years . It’s certainly a shift in skills and culture to orient AD teams more toward training AIs to augment their own capabilities, but the shift will allow teams to better address the kind of skills shortages that will only get more pronounced in the digital world.”

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