We’ve been hearing for a few years about the impending AI revolution, and how it will change everything So much so, that it has become somewhat of a cliche at this point. However, these claims are not without merit, as AI has made incredible improvements over the last few years, and 2022 was game-changing.
With the beta releases of a slew of Generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, MidJourney and GitHub Copilot, people are now getting to experience first-hand the magic of AI. And it does feel magical at times. Write a prompt to MidJourney of something you are imagining, and watch a beautiful drawing appear in front of you, with staggering accuracy. Here’s an example:
Prompt: `At a lake during sunrise with snow top mountains in the background and a light fog`
A similar example for coders, if we tell ChatGPT the following: Using the Firebase SDK, I want to create a Node function that saves the request params in a Firestore database
We get this result:
It is hard to overstate how incredibly impressive this is. The accuracy at which AI can now able to interpret natural language is near perfect, and the results it delivers are staggering — and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The landscape of generative AI tools is growing at an alarming rate. Here are some of the commonly known ones in their respective areas of focus:
As you can see, there has already been a tremendous amount of work in this space, and it is not about to slow down any time soon. Quite the contrary – things are going to speed up in 2023.
What does this mean for app development?
2023 will bring with it a new era of app development with the aid of generative AI tools. Traditional app development is going to be complemented by a vibrant AI-driven development ecosystem. Over time, developers will think less in terms of code and programming languages, instead they will be able to focus on what they do best — creating the user experience.
The best use of these tools is not to replace existing development methods, but to supercharge them by leveraging AI. When it comes to determining the set of features a technology product can offer, taking generative AI into account will be a must. How can we deliver incredible value to our customers by including generative AI technology in the mix? What are some challenges that were previously deemed too large to solve, but are now within reach? This is the line of questioning we must pursue to break new ground.
There are a lot of parallels here to what cloud platforms AWS and Google Cloud did for web servers, hosting and infrastructure, completely disrupting the landscape by making it possible for any person in the world to spin up incredibly powerful servers at nearly zero cost. Before these services came about, this level of scale was only accessible to massive companies that have the resources to set up data centers with incredible bandwidth capabilities. Once the floodgates opened, we saw a massive gold rush. Thousands of companies were created, offering incredible software products that changed the way we work, play, and learn.
Now, with incredibly powerful AI at our fingertips, we are set to see this revolution compound and take a giant leap forward. Not only will these AI tools be available to the masses to build upon, they will be very affordable. This will spark a wave of creativity among the developer community – a community that is growing rapidly thanks to the barrier to entry being lowered every year.
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2023 is set to be the most exciting year yet for the web and mobile apps development space. I know we say this every year – and it’s true every year. We are in a golden age of technological advancement, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. Embrace the ride, and stay on the cutting edge to gain a competitive advantage by leveraging AI. There has never been a better time to jump in.