How AI is reshaping web development

Here’s how AI and the offshoot innovations it’s enabling are reshaping web development and giving developers everywhere hope about the future of tech

20Feb

Few technological developments have garnered as much media attention as AI, and for good reason: Few nascent technologies have disrupted as many industries and commanded as much consumer attention as AI has. Despite the fact that AI is drastically upending many predictions about what the future of business looks like, however, too little attention is being paid to the way that it's radically reshaping web development as we know it.

Savvy web developers around the world are already rushing to embrace the power of AI. Here's how AI and the offshoot innovations it's enabling are reshaping web development and giving developers everywhere hope about the future of tech.

A new kind of user experience

The biggest way that AI is reshaping web development is by offering users everywhere a new, more personalized experience unlike anything they've ever enjoyed before. Talented developers have understood for years now that in order to consistently lure new users in, you need to engage them and provide them with enticing, interactive web design that reacts to their choices. Now, with a helping hand from some AI companions, developers everywhere are realizing that they can cultivate a new kind of user experience that exploits the power of machine learning (ML) to dynamically adapt more quickly than ever before.

We aren't quite yet at the point where we can delegate everything to the machines, but anybody involved in web development over the past few years can tell you that ML is rapidly breaking onto the scene and isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The exciting promise of ML as it pertains to web design will only grow in the near-future, too, especially as investment dollars continue to flood in from around the world. Eager investors everywhere understand that AI knows no limits and can be leveraged by businesses anywhere regardless of their size.

You don't have to wait for the future to see the ways that AI is reshaping web development, though. A number of developers have already relied upon AI applications to automatically assemble impressive websites. The rise of drag and drop technology in particular has enabled many web developers who previously believed they lacked the expertise to make effective use of complex AI applications. A number of websites that are already using AI in web design will continue to aspire newcomers to the industry for years to come.

Human talent is still sorely needed

Despite the immense focus being paid to AI and exciting digital technology these days, it's becoming increasingly clear that human talent is still sorely needed. Automatically-designed websites of the future may be dominated by complex AI programs, but for right now we still needed clever employees who can take charge when things go wrong. Furthermore, integrating AI into the existing workforce of a website design company rather than using it to try and replace your workforce entirely is likely the route that most businesses will pursue in the near-future, especially since human capital represents a significant portion of many businesses' investment in their own futures.

Thus, while AI-driven web development will continue to rattle industry insiders for years to come, it's important to understand that the disruption being experienced today is actually a positive development in the long-term. The major implications for agencies and designers insofar as AI is concerned largely revolve around how professionals will adapt to this technology and learn how to master it in order to remain employable for the foreseeable future. User experience specialists will become more important than ever, especially as fast-moving technology that's supposed to adapt to user inputs inevitably makes a mistake and causes a fiasco. This technology is immensely quick, which is why it's so useful in development, but that haste also generates waste and mistakes that human workers will need to be ready to clean up.

It's not unfair to say that web developers of the future will be immensely talented when it comes to toeing the fine line between man and machine. Rather than having AI programs autonomously designing websites by themselves, for instance, we'll likely see human designers partnering up with AI assistants much in the same way that Adobe Sensei is already being used by professionals today. These "partner technologies" that will help existing human employees accomplish more in less time than ever before are by far the most impressive aspect of the AI revolution that's come to haunt so many workers today.

Say goodbye to testing

Finally, human web developers can likely say goodbye to some of the more arduous facets of their work. AI algorithms that are self-teaching will soon be able to manage testing and quality assurance operations entirely on their own, for instance, freeing up human employees to make more effective use of their time and creative energies. This is a positive development that will help creativity in web development flourish, so those who are worried about the AI revolution can take a deep breath and realize that not every new development is a negative one.

AI has already radically upended web development, and it's unlikely to slow down its ceaseless onslaught into every corner of the market. That's why web developers everywhere should understand that self-teaching algorithms and handy virtual assistants that make work easier should be embraced rather than feared and shunned. Don't let the doubters of AI fool you – this impressive technology will help web developers accomplish more than ever before, all at a fraction of the historical cost of doing business. 

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