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With AI, Anyone Can Be a Coder Now: Thomas Dohmke (Transcript) 

Here is the full transcript of GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke’s talk titled “With AI, Anyone Can Be a Coder Now” at TED 2024 conference.

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The Joy of Building with LEGO

You know, I’m one of these adults that actually still loves playing with LEGO. I loved them way back in the ’80s in Berlin when I grew up, and I still love them. These days, I build LEGO with my kids on Saturday afternoons. The reason that my love for LEGO has remained evergreen is, quite simply, that LEGO is a system for realizing creativity with almost no barrier to entry.

I’m not only a LEGO dad, I’m also the CEO of GitHub. If you don’t know GitHub, you can think of it as the home of coding. It’s where all the software developers, the chief nerds of our society, collaborate together. It’s part of our mission to make it as easy as possible for every developer to build small and big ideas with code.

The Challenges of Building Software

But in contrast to LEGO, the process of building software feels daunting to most people. This all started to change when ChatGPT came along in late 2022. Now we live in a world where intelligent machines understand us as much as we understand them, all because of language. This will forever change the way we create software.

Up until now, in order to create software, you had to be a professional software developer. You had to understand, speak and interpret the highly complex, sometimes nonsensical language of a machine that we call code. Modern code still looks like hieroglyphics to most people. Here’s an example.

The Evolution of Programming Languages

This, from the early 1940s, is the world’s first computer programming language, called Plankalkül. It set the foundation for the modern code that we use today. As you can see, it’s a few numbers, some bubbles and some big-ass brackets. Not much humanity here, right?

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