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Could AI-Assisted Coding Make Your Job More Complicated?

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Most developers struggled to understand code generated by others even before the rise of generative AI.

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Artificial intelligence is already recognized as a powerful productivity tool for developers, but its potential goes deeper and impacts career aspirations. The rise of AI-assisted code development is opening opportunities for technology managers and IT professionals to assume more expansive roles on the business side.

"IT pros can be expected to wear a number of new hats," says Preeti Lobo, practice director for business integration and automation at Apps Associates.

A recent Sourcegraph survey found that 95% of developers already use Copilot, ChatGPT, and other generative AI tools. Despite the potential for vast productivity gains, will technology professionals' jobs actually grow more complicated?

Research suggests that generating code via AI will contribute to an ever-expanding codebase. A majority of the 500 developers in the Sourcegraph survey are concerned about managing  the code that comes with generative AI, along with dealing with the issue of code sprawl and its contribution to technical debt.

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