Emad Mostaque, CEO of Stability AI, London, UK-based artificial intelligence-driven visual art startup, has recently stated that AI will soon eliminate most outsourced coding jobs in India. He thinks that technology will drastically reduce the need for outsourced coders.
“Outsourced coders up to level three programmers will be gone in the next year or two, whereas in France, you’ll never fire a developer,” said Emad in a call with UBS analysts
“So it affects different models in different countries in different ways in different sectors.”
“If you’re doing a job in front of a computer, and no one ever sees you, then it’s massively impactful, because these models are like really talented grads.”
“Why would you have to write code where the computer can write code better? When you deconstruct the programming thing from bug testing to unit testing to ideation, an AI can do that, just better,” said Mostaque
“But it won’t be doing it automatically, it will be AI ‘co-pilots’,” Mostaque continued; “That means less people are needed for classical programming, but then are they needed for other things? This is the question and this is the balance that we have to understand, because different areas are also affected differently.”
According to a report by Bloomberg, India is home to more than 5 million software programmers, who are most under threat from the impacts of advanced AI tools like ChatGPT.
India is Asia’s second-largest country that attracts back-office jobs from overseas. Silicon Valley tech giants, Wall Street banks, airlines, and retailers are all customers of India’s outsourcing firms. Which is why, Indian IT giants are betting big on generative AI – committing to train over 25,000 engineers on the technology over Microsoft’s Azure Open AI service to help clients accelerate their adoption of this powerful new technology.
In an interview with CNBC Thursday, TCS’s CEO N. Ganapathy Subramaniam said that the company began taking a “machine-first” approach to project delivery about four years ago and it showed how AI will make an “enormous impact on the way that we operate and the way that we do things,”
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