If the technology underlying ChatGPT were to displace software engineers, India would be the country most affected, as it is home to over 5 million coders. This prospect is causing concern for newly qualified engineers like Palash Hade, who anticipates a reduction in software jobs in India.
To increase his employability, Hade enrolled in an online degree program in data science and analytics from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.
In the past, India’s outsourcing firms were desperate for talent and were willing to train engineers from different backgrounds. However, with the rise of generative artificial intelligence and ChatGPT, firms are now looking for candidates with these specific skills. India’s largest outsourcer, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., made 46,000 campus offers this year, but the CEO of Tech Mahindra warns that change is fast approaching due to advanced AI.
While students at elite schools like the Indian Institute of Science are not worried about the impact of AI on their future job prospects, tens of thousands of engineers without degrees from such institutions have reason to worry. Entry-level coding jobs are at risk of being eliminated, according to Shraddha Kulkarni, a 21-year-old engineering student in Bangalore who has been actively using ChatGPT.
According to Bloomberg, developers on Reddit and Quora are also expressing anxiety about the potential impact of AI on their industry. They fear that the time and effort they invested in developing their skills may be rendered obsolete by AI-based programming.
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