Fascinating. I’ve read a bit about this already, including in the Guardian article you reference, but you’ve given me a better sense of what’s going on and what the implications are than I’ve received from other sources.
By the way, I’m forwarding this to a friend of mine who has used AI to generate code for new firmware for the large hadron collider at CERN. I’ll be interested to get his take, because an important parallel here is that he is not a computer scientist. He’s a physicist who can code fairly well but who admits he has no understanding of the theoretical bases of artificial intelligence.
He doesn’t understand how or why the code generated by his machine-learning routines work better than human-generated code. But it clearly does, and in a year or two work like his is going to completely revamp how the LHC operates, making its particle detection routines faster and more efficient.
And no human is going to write the firmware code or even understand how it works.