Does coding still matter? Maybe.

From Bill Gates to the New York Times, the call for coding skills has long been shouted from the mountaintops, writes Rajat Bhageria for Forbes.

And perhaps rightly so. In the past decade, coding has given us a sudden proliferation of technologies that become part of our daily routine, like Facebook and Uber, notes Bhageria, founder of ThirdEye. And for many students, learning how to code seems like the golden ticket to leading the next tech revolution or landing a six-figure software engineering gig, he notes.

Luckily, people can attend coding boot camps to pick up skills without committing to a four-year computer science degree. Right?

Actually, Bhageria argues that the rise of these boot camps hints that coding may no longer be the cutting-edge skill it used to be. According to Bhageria, the premise that learning to code only requires a three-month education suggests that the skill is vulnerable to offshoring and automation.

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The tech world may already sense this, he writes. According to AOL founder Steve Case, the next wave of tech problems will be ones that can't be solved using only code.

With the rise of machine learning, software engineers may soon be doing less coding and more artificial intelligence (AI) training, writes Jason Tanz for Wired.  

According to Android creator Andy Rubin, the more AI neural networks resemble the human brain, the less transparent a program's learning and execution process will be. And someday soon, even the smartest software engineers may not know how their programs actually work, notes Bhageria (Bhageria, Forbes, 9/12).

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