Meet Devin – the AI that codes all by itself

April 3, 2024

Imagine telling a software engineer, Create this program for me, and then walking away as they get it all done without another word. Well, that future may be closer than you think.

Just the other day, I stumbled upon a post from Cognition Labs about something called Devin—the first AI software engineer agent. 

Now, we’re not talking about a simple coding assistant like chat GPT; Devin is a whole other beast. It’s designed to emulate an actual software engineer’s capabilities. Tell it what software you want, outline the features, and Devon gets to work, setting up project files and coding as if it was a human expert.

This video I watched, showcasing Devin in action, was mind-blowing. In just 30 minutes, it set up a brand-new project on GitHub, coding away like there’s no tomorrow. And by the time you’re reading this, it’s probably old news. But the implications? They’re timeless and broad-reaching.

Let’s stretch our imaginations beyond software…

Picture an AI agent that’s your personal video editor. You could simply send your raw footage with a message saying, Make this shine for YouTube, and then sit back while it churns out polished content, tailored for various platforms. We’re not just talking about basic edits, but the kind of sophisticated, creative cuts you’d pay top dollar for a human editor to execute.

But why stop there?

Visualize this technology applied to any digital task—drafting legal documents, crunching accounting numbers, or even providing medical advice. Combine that with robotics, and you could have a robot with the intellect of a doctor or the efficiency of a lawyer, impacting both the digital and physical worlds.

Sure, there’s a flip side…

There’s concern about AI snatching jobs, and those fears aren’t unfounded. I’ve faced it myself when an AI project I applied for got rejected because it was seen as a threat to local employment. 

Yet, if history has taught us anything, it’s that innovation might take away jobs, but it also creates new ones—often more than we can imagine. The transition from horse buggies to cars is a classic example.

So, are we staring down a dystopian future or stepping into a bright new era? 

I’m choosing to embrace the optimistic view. 

AI is a tool, and like any tool, it’s about how we wield it. Are we opening Pandora’s box, or is this the dawn of an exciting revolution?

Gideon Shalwick