DeepMind’s AlphaCode Won’t Steal Your Job Either

Another new fancy AI tool. We keep getting closer to the singularity. But not on programming.

Maximiliano Contieri
2 min readFeb 5, 2022

TL;DR: Wait until machine learning solutions solve real business problems.

Alphabet’s DeepMind, Microsoft’s Github, and OpenAI are leading the Artificial Intelligence coding segment.

With different approaches, they try to solve coding challenges.

They use transformer-based language models to generate code.

AlphaCode achieved an estimated rank within the top 54% of participants in programming competitions by solving new problems that require a combination of critical thinking, logic, algorithms, coding, and natural language understanding.

Deep Mind’s product was trained and competed against humans at Codeforces contests.

With overfitting claims, it outperformed several people at those contests.

Results are available online.

A careful look at the datasets shows basic algorithmic solutions with output code full of code smells many human counterparts make.

Variables with bad names, Lots of ifs, too long methods, global functions are some examples of these smells many code reviewers would not approve.

The three current solutions (AlphaCode, GitHub Copilot, GPT3 focus on competitive programming, an area where performance is the ultimate goal and readability is not important.

The final frontier

Model domain entities and business behavior instead of boring and repetitive algorithms full of code smells.

Try to understand the entities and the behaviour on your simulation software.


What should you do?

Stop competing against smarter machines than you.

Learn and model rich domains.

You will keep your job for a few more years…



Maximiliano Contieri

I’m a senior software engineer specialized in declarative designs. S.O.L.I.D. and agile methodologies fan.