Last year we saw a lot of really cool technology released into the world. What do you think we'll see in the next five years? Who will be solving problems? What will learning look like? What new, shiny things do you think we'll be able to look forward to? Drop your response or a gif that captures your response in the comments.
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Stack Overflow will be entirely obsolete, replaced by AI.
I feel like gpt copied stackoverflow entirely, so you might by true here. i imaginge the bot to reply way nicer then the usual stackoverflow answer.
Watching Stack Overflow's response to ChatGPT is an indication you might be right. By immediately banning AI-powered questions and answers, one party withdrew from the ongoing changes in technology.
That's interesting. Do you think there's no value in the community aspect?
I think there is certainly value, but the community aspect is not as important as the solution finding. People don't go to Stack Overflow to socialize, there are other destinations for that, and those will be the ones that survive.
Developers and researchers will publish, AI will consume and deal with the feedback-loop of criticism and conflicting ideas ... no need to scroll through out-dated and often misinformed forums in 5 years time.
Not saying it is a good thing BTW, just a prediction.
I don't know about that... right now it feels like ChatGPT is not a reliable independent source of truth for beginners (although it's impressively helpful for skilled developers), plus the community in Stackoverflow is crucial in voting the best answer among multiple ones.
What happens when the feedback is great in AI though, and it becomes the interface to voting/correcting facts. You can already correct it now to a degree, and it isn't even designed/trained to be a forum yet. 5 years is a looong time, so I can't see Stack Overflow surviving. Sadly.
I do like how ChatGPT explains code though. For beginners who are learning alone, it's a great resource to learn how to ask questions.
chatGPT answer was:
I love that you asked chatGPT.
From my perspective, I think AI tools will continue to integrate into the workflow of tech and the solutions presented to end users. The Changelog podcast has an episode out discussing this and I think their take on things was spot in without being alarmist. Check it out here if you are interested
The good part of AI is that it will help developers focus more on the problems and less on the code, paving the way for faster iteration and better solutions over time. I don't think it will replace Stack Overflow altogether which I've seen mentioned often because Stack serves a niche as the way to source and share information in a more community based approach and still make it persistent. That said, I think AI will push communities like Stack, Reddit, etc. to be a bit more forgiving of newer users, or they will start to see declines in usage. Also I think there will still be a place for Google and Stack, simply because it's generally better to google an error code than run it through an AI.
The bad part is that a tool like ChatGPT will give you one answer to a question when you ask. People will invariably use that one answer they are presented, and much of that code will make it back into the discoverable data that the AI is training on. The result will be an amplification of the answers it is giving creating a feedback loop in the model, so the common answers will become more common, whether or not they are correct. This will also serve to marginalize newer approaches and better ideas in favor of the status quo. So one thing that will need to be approached sooner or later is addressing bias in the models as they train.
Regarding learning, from what I've seen the industry has been expanding it's understanding of how people learn and what personality types bring value to technology companies. I think this will continue, and more people from more walks of life will find their way into tech roles organically. This is very good, as the added scope of domain knowledge from other sectors will broaden the thinking of tech in general and facilitate more creative solutions.
There's definitely a huge impact on learning and education that we need to better understand and work with. I love the idea of thinking about AI like automation. It can create more time for us to do things that matter. I hope part of that includes better understanding and relating to people.
I look forward to see improvements in the quantum computing, maybe a practical quantum computer where you could simulate real world things.
Imagine being able to simulate two water particles interacting, or simulating a virus like corona. It would be a little world controlled by us, our matrix.
I don't really think we'll have it in five years, but i hope to be alive when it happens 😂
I asked the same question to chatGPT and here's what I got-
It's difficult to predict exactly what technology will look like five years from now, as it is constantly evolving and advancing. However, based on current trends and developments, it is likely that some of the following technologies will continue to grow and evolve in the next five years:
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be integrated into more products and services, allowing for greater automation and improved decision-making.
The internet of things (IoT) will continue to expand, connecting more devices and allowing for greater data collection and analysis.
Virtual and augmented reality will become more widely adopted and integrated into various industries, such as entertainment, education, and healthcare.
5G networks will be more widely adopted, providing faster internet speeds and more reliable connectivity.
Quantum computing will continue to advance, potentially leading to breakthroughs in areas such as drug discovery, materials science, and financial modeling.
Edge computing will gain more popularity as it allows data to be processed closer to the source, reducing latency and increasing security.
Cybersecurity will become increasingly important as more data is collected and stored online.
Overall, technology will continue to advance and change the way we live and work.
I can for see that distributed computing and AI will bring opportunities which will make new millionaires and few billionaires. More SME coming into Market and along with it solutions coming to market that solves our real world problems using cutting edge tech as mentioned here in the chats.
Hence, overall more opportunities to start your business now in the few years.. or join a company that you enjoy the solving the problem for.
Lastly I foresee companies like Google, Meta etc enjoying there prime will come to end.. and they would need work there ass off to handle the competition