Rendering Developers Redundant?
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SOUTH AFRICA -- A new-fangled system that translates everyday language into machine code promises to lay programming in the hands of laymen and put developers out of work.
Dubbed MI-Tech (Machine Intelligence Technology) the software seemingly translates simple written instructions into code that can be unraveled by the microprocessors inside computers. Its inventor, Bob Brennan, a software engineer at Cambridge-based start-up Synapse Solutions, claims that MI-Tech can resolve the ambiguities inherent in everyday language.
According to Brennan, MIT-Tech can unravel the significance of context in the oft-convoluted English language. A store of logical rules inherent in the system ostensibly enables it to extract instructions from statements in ordinary language and translate them into binary code. With a lexicon consisting of only a few hundred words Brennan claims that his invention can write code in a fraction of the time that it would take a trained programmer. Moreover, Brennan claims that it eliminates the nagging errors that slip out every now and again when a human authors code.
MI-Tech's small lexicon means there is less room for confusion, states Brennan -- if it's unsure of your meaning it will merely tell you that it doesn't understand. "The problem before was that computers couldn't cope with ambiguities, but now they can," he said.