Is AI going to take our jobs?


Hi frieds,

The question posed in the title is likely the one that keeps many developers and engineering leaders up at night these days.

The short answer is no.

I recently came across two fascinating blog posts about AI’s impact on software development.
The first was from the renowned “The Pragmatic Engineer” blog, and the second from Sequoia Capital, a major venture capital firm with investments in giants like Google, Apple, and Oracle.

Here’s a brief rundown of the key insights:

  1. Ask any CEO what’s their biggest spend and they’ll say engineering expenses.
    Leaders have been aiming to reduce these costs since the 1960s. This trend continues today, though the circumstances are slightly different. That’s why we see the same narrative pushed around AI, not for nothing, but the level of hype is somewhat inflated
  2. The emerging solution isn’t about artificial general intelligence (AGI) taking over all jobs. Instead, it’s about increasingly sophisticated models that will be great assistants. Sequoia’s vision is particularly bold, aiming to expand the developer community to a billion users.
    It’s an ambitious goal, yet it represents an optimistic view of technology’s role in our future.

It appears that developers who hesitate to adopt AI might fall behind.

This is a widely held belief—debatable, yes, but generally accepted.

With that perspective, here are four ways I use AI to enhance my productivity and speed:

  1. General AI Usage:
    I use GPT-4 for a variety of tasks including creating images, editing text, and generating code.
    Yes, this service is paid, but it’s incredibly versatile!
  2. Local Code Assistance:
    For my side projects, I’ve integrated Codeium into Neovim.
    This setup helps me with smart code completions right where I need them.
  3. Interactive AI in the Shell:
    I’ve also set up an interactive AI chat in my shell using a tool from GitHub (you can find it here).
    This lets me talk to any AI model I choose during my coding sessions.
  4. Local models run free!
    Lastly, if you’re looking to access all these benefits for free, Ollama offers an easy way to make every model portable and locally accessible. For finding models, Hugging Face is an excellent resource.

Before you go, a quick tip for Mac users:
Raycast offers plugins in its store that integrate OpenAI’s GPT, Ollama, and many other tools, allowing you to converse with AI directly from your OS spotlight!

Thanks for reading, as always - feel free to reply to this email with feedback and questions!

Have a great weekend.

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