Alexander von Humboldt professor Holger Hoos’ interview on ChatGPT broadcasted on ARD and published in Wirtschaftswoche


It's been a busy couple of weeks for Prof. Holger Hoos media-wise since he has signed the Open letter published by the Future of Life Institute and since his interview with ARD has been broadcasted on 16 April, 2023.  One more article has just been published a couple of days ago by Wirtschaftswoche following an interview with Holger on the use of AI systems like ChatGPT in computer scientists work routine. The article has been published behind a PayWall but we would like to share its core message with you.

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Artificial intelligence systems such as ChatGPT are not only revolutionising chatbots and internet search engines, they are also taking over large parts of software development - and are fundamentally changing the role of human software developers as a result.

"AI-supported programming will revolutionise computer science and enable enormous boosts in productivity," says [Albert] Schmidt, [computer science professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich]. Holger Hoos, Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence at RWTH Aachen University, has a similar view: "AI algorithms like ChatGPT already work amazingly well, especially for creating routine software."
[...] However, AI systems will not completely replace programmers, predicts Holger Hoos. Instead, developers will be able to focus on more specialised tasks, such as designing complex software architectures, while AI tools take care of routine tasks.
[...] "Errors in applications will increase dramatically, and at the same time, software reliability will decrease drastically," believes Hoos. [...] Software developers already spend a good half of their working time just fixing mistakes made by their colleagues, estimates Hoos [...]. "Finding the bugs in AI-generated software will become one of the main tasks of developers"

The original interview with the ARD can be found here, the article from Wirtschaftswoche can be found here (in german).