AI Revolution: Will Outsourced Programmers in India Survive the Next Two Years?

JJohn July 18, 2023 8:33 AM

Stability AI's CEO, Emad Mostaque, predicts a significant impact on the Indian outsourcing industry due to AI advancements. He asserts that most outsourced coders in India will lose their jobs within the next two years as software can now be developed with fewer people.

AI's impact on computer-based jobs

The advent of AI is bringing about a paradigm shift in many industries, and coding is no exception. Emad Mostaque, CEO of Stability AI, believes that the effects of AI will be most significant in jobs that can be performed in isolation, like coding. New AI models, which he compares to 'really talented grads,' have the potential to automate many aspects of these jobs and significantly reduce the need for human coders.

Though the impacts of AI are potentially revolutionary, they'll likely be felt differently across the globe due to various labor laws and regulations. Countries with stronger labor protections, such as France, might be less impacted. In contrast, Mostaque predicts a substantial job loss in the Indian coding industry, especially for 'level three programmers.'

Indian IT firms pivot to AI

Amid these predictions, certain Indian IT firms are not just bracing for the AI revolution but are rather embracing it. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of India's largest outsourcing providers, is leading the charge by training over 25,000 engineers on generative AI. They are using Microsoft's Azure Open AI service, taking a 'machine-first' approach to project delivery.

The future of programming: AI 'co-pilots'

Mostaque posits that the future might not require programmers in the traditional sense. He envisions AI 'co-pilots' that can perform tasks such as ideation, bug testing, and unit testing more efficiently than humans. However, he does raise a question about the balance, as different areas might be affected differently by this change. The future of coding, according to Mostaque, might require fewer human coders but more individuals who can oversee and work in tandem with these AI systems.

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