July 14, 2023 – Stack Overflow, a renowned Q&A platform for programmers, is making significant strides in developing its own AI tools. In a recent interview with VebtureBeat, CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar unveiled the company’s ambitious plans to allocate 10% of its workforce to the development of these AI tools, which are expected to be launched later this summer.
Chandrasekar confidently stated that Stack Overflow will integrate generative AI into its Stack Overflow for Teams website. Emphasizing responsible and secure implementation, the company aims to provide the right use cases to address specific user and client needs. “Stack Overflow is eager to announce and share what we have in store with the community and the world,” Chandrasekar added.
Contrary to concerns about AI replacing human programmers, Chandrasekar firmly believes that generative AI will instead lead to an exponential growth in the number of software developers. He mentioned that the official developer dataset of Stack Overflow currently stands at around 30 million, a number that is expected to double in the future. Chandrasekar stressed that developers who fail to embrace the new generation of AI tools will eventually be left behind by the evolving industry.
Interestingly, Stack Overflow has been experiencing a decline in website traffic, with a nearly 14% drop in March compared to previous years. However, their recently published “2023 Developer Report” in June sheds light on the significant impact of generative AI chatbot tools on developers. According to the report, a staggering 83% of respondents claimed to have used ChatGPT, the leading industry player, in the past year. Additionally, GitHub Copilot was recognized as the most commonly used AI development tool.
This demonstrates the dynamic nature of the programming landscape, as industry leaders like Stack Overflow continue to explore innovative solutions and embrace the potential of AI technologies to empower and enhance the capabilities of software developers.