Will low-code steal your job?

600 years ago if you went to a monastery, you would see dozens of monks copying the Bible. Their job was to manually copy one page at a time by hand. It was a terrible job, full of stress, and if they did something wrong they literally risked getting burned at the stake. 60 years ago if you went to a car factory, you would see thousands of workers assembling cars manually. They worked with dangerous chemicals and machines, and accidents were frequent. They also had terrible working hours, and were underpaid, barely able to run their family on what they were paid for the job.

None of these jobs exist today, as they have been replaced by automation. An interesting question for this follows…

How many people lost their jobs due to automation?

Of course the answer is; “All but none!” To understand that answer, know that the wisdom these monks and factory workers possessed is worth it today. However, 600 years ago, 0.3% of the population knew how to read and write, and perhaps some 5 to 10 percent of these worked with copywriting. As books and literacy became a commodity available to the public, the number of people tasked with publishing exploded. When Henry Ford began automating car manufacturing, only 1% of the wealthy could afford a car. Having a car today is almost considered a “Basic Human Rights” in some parts of the world. The number of people who do their jobs indirectly through automation of car manufacturing is almost 100 times the primary income of car builders 6 decades ago. In fact, the number of taxi drivers in London alone probably exceeds the number of people working in car factories around the world 100 years ago!

When an industry goes through revolutions based on automation, it always produces the same effect, as the market grows. The same will happen with software development as a result of automation. The number of jobs available will explode. Of course, your existing knowledge will be close to useless, but if you have an open mind towards software development automation, you will have a Better job, you will More wealth, and your life in general will be more pleasant. don’t believe me? Try debugging a Stack Overflow error, at 4am, for some software system that went into production 3 weeks ago… :/

For low-code and open-minded people about software development automation, the future is really bright enough that you need to buy shades. For those refusing to embrace the future, insisting on manually writing your own pivot function into your GoLang QuickSort algorithm, it won’t be as bright as I’ll admit. I can’t say that I feel for you either. Software development as a profession has virtually been on par with the IT industry “Monks in their ivory towers”, with a monopoly on knowledge, resulting in 10x the salary, with enough ego to engulf the world at times. I don’t mean to blame the software developers here – they’ve tried their best for the most parts. But entering a mental war with a machine trying to figure out why some comma in the wrong place results in that until the bug is fixed, your employer is losing $4 million per hour, – When it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and you spend your time sleeping – Is exhausting, and leads to a dark place, of course…

That time will pass, just as monks copy Bibles, and blue collar workers collect cars – and this is a Nice talk ,

Will low-code steal your job? My answer is; “It depends! And it depends exclusively on you!” – However, who seriously wants to sit up at 2 a.m., debugging some QuickSort pivot function? To answer the question in the header I have to ask you a question, and it goes like this…

Would you rather embrace the future, or be left in the past?

That’s what it really comes down to. Of course I have stakes in low-code, and you probably shouldn’t take my advice alone. However, I doubt that everyone would give you the same advice. As a final conclusion, I would like to end my talk by explaining a social media meme that was popular about 5 to 10 years ago…

If getting a job was such a big deal, the rich would keep all their jobs with them… 😉

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