we still don’t know how to write code

Since it seems I’m in lecture mode lately, here goes a not so serious (or maybe yes?) message to Google and their AI / Deep Learning team:

You are showing machines to paint, compose music, talk or synthesize piano from current paintings, music and recordings. Fine.

However, tempting as it is, I hope you realize you should not, I repeat, you should NOT, feed the Deep Learning machines with contemporary source code in hoping they’ll learn to code.

Because, you surely must know that as species we haven’t figured out coding yet. We’ve been painting for 20 thousand years. We’ve been talking for way longer. But coding, we’ve done it for 50 years, we are still at the infancy, we basically haven’t figured it out yet. So, by showing the machines code NOW you are almost certainly teaching them bad coding, really really bad coding. You realize, right? RIGHT?

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