Despite all its lauding, simply learning to code may not guarantee a future in development, has been said by Australian Prime Minister and Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, Ed Husic.
At an Association of Computer Society (ACS) meeting Husic said that the thought behind politicians making children and adults to learn how to code to address future changes in the job market. The assumption as he said that once we learn how to code our future will be secure is false.
Coding is not going to be the end-all-be-all for meeting the needs of future job-seekers. The advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will not only help eradicate the need for lower-level programming but will make coding good to know, but it’s not going to be the safety hatch you all make it out to be,” Husic said.
Husic said that instead of just learning how to code the more expansive STEM knowledge is what people need to know in problem solving and creativity which should be focused on. These skills will make the developer and future job seekers to be more adaptable to the changing spectrum of emerging technologies.
Coding has itself become one of the most marketable careers which has been focused on the world economy which makes you wonder what would future generations should know its importance. Apple CEO Tim Cook went as far as to suggest that “coding should be required in every public school in the world.”
Coding camps and short-term programs have popped up all over the place to teach these skills and prepare students and adults for a career as a software or web designer. But learning to code might turn out to be only one piece of the puzzle.
A recent survey from a job website Indeed said that 80% of graduates had hired from a coding camp and they would do it all over again, while a major chunk of the people were critical of the program. A study showed that coding school graduates were able to write clean code but were unable to have a higher understanding in machine learning and algorithm and theory, which is required with the rise of AI And machine learning.
Another movement is the low-code movement, which allows business professionals to make websites using the drag and drop features and using no coding whatsoever. That could lower the need for coding skills as well.
In addition to pushing politicians to think beyond encouraging job seekers to simply learn to code. Husic also warned of the threat of AI taking over more creative jobs that were thought to only be doable by humans.
Husic also said that once the empathy is built into AI what it would do for jobs is destructive. There are softwares and machines creating music and making painting. He added that it’s “a big challenge longer-term, which I think deserves more and more thought.”