I Made an AI News Editor-in-Chief Without Knowing How to Code
Now I get fresh story angles on current topics and headlines
I am a person who, until recently, thought Python was just a type of snake. Yet, over eight hours this week, I used the giant snake’s programming language namesake to create an app. And not just any app. A bloody useful one! I built a writing prompt app that acts like the editor-in-chief of a major publication. It assesses and critiques current topics and headlines and spews out fresh story angles, ready for hungry journalists to gobble up like free donuts at a press conference.
Sit back and grab a beverage of choice. I’m about to spill the tea on my coding adventure — complete with technicolor commentary and a splash of creative license to keep it spicy for y’all.
Co-code: The dawn of a new era
I know, "The Dawn of a New Era” is probably too much. I don’t want to become one of the AI bros plaguing my Twitter feed right now. You know the ones: “What an insane day in the world of AI: ChatGPT is falling behind, here are 10 other AI tools to change your life…”. I’ll tone it down, I promise.
But I also don’t want you to get me wrong. I’m not talking about building an app in some easy-peasy low-code or no-code service— those shiny websites that let you assemble pre-fab digital Lego blocks to construct your very own software Frankenstein. Nah, that’s not my style. I mean, it used to be my style:
But, not my style anymore. I’m here to coin a new, cutting-edge concept that I shall call…drum roll please….‘Co-code.’
OK, I haven’t Googled it and can’t be certain I’ve coined the term. Nevertheless, ‘co-code’ — my version — is short for ‘collaborative coding’: It’s when you and AI get together and make little code snippet babies.
Co-code is where I’ve found the magic happens. A chance to roll up your sleeves, collaborate with and be coached by a higher power that knows its…