The Potential and Pitfalls of AI-Assisted Coding

The Potential and Pitfalls of AI-Assisted Coding

Brad Ediger

July 08, 2024

AI-based coding tools such as GitHub Copilot are rapidly gaining popularity, and for good reason. These powerful models — trained on vast datasets of code — have an impressive ability to understand, write, and reason about software. The promise is alluring: AI-assisted coding can accelerate software development, enhance quality, and boost productivity. However, as with any transformative technology, there are important considerations to keep in mind. Although AI coding assistants offer significant benefits, they also come with risks that organizations need to carefully navigate.

Benefits and Considerations of AI-Assisted Coding Tools

In 8th Light’s latest pulse report, “AI-Assisted Coding: Benefits and Considerations,” I detail how these tools can revolutionize the way we build software; the potential to save time and resources is immense. Explore tangible use cases like rapid prototyping, code understanding and documentation, API design, and automated testing.

Additionally, the report covers the challenges and pitfalls of adopting this technology. From perpetuating biases and technical debt, to intellectual property concerns and the need for human oversight, there are important factors to consider. Review key recommendations and guardrails to help you thoughtfully integrate AI coding tools while mitigating risks.

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Grab our free pulse report to learn:

  • How AI can supercharge your development process
  • What to watch out for (like IP issues and security risks)
  • Smart ways to bring AI into your workflow
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Code Smarter, Not Harder

As someone who has been at the forefront of emerging technologies for more than two decades, I'm incredibly excited about the possibilities AI opens up for our industry. Pairing these tools with experienced technologists who understand both the benefits and limitations is crucial.

If your organization is exploring AI-assisted coding (or even if you're just AI-curious), I encourage you to download our free pulse report. It's a comprehensive guide to help you maximize the potential of this game-changing technology while navigating the risks.

At 8th Light, we're committed to helping companies build software for impact. Reach out if you'd like to discuss how AI-assisted coding fits into your development practices and software transformation journey. The future of software is unfolding rapidly — let's navigate it together, thoughtfully and responsibly.

Brad Ediger

Head of Technology

A staple in the Chicago tech scene since 2005, Brad Ediger serves as our Head of Technology with a focus on growing 8th Light's profile as a software consultancy. He joined 8th Light in 2019 when he merged his independent consultancy with the company.