The 64-year-old programming language COBOL is one of the top mainframe programming languages in use, particularly in the banking, automotive, insurance, government, healthcare, and finance sectors.
However, most schools and universities have not taught COBOL in decades, which poses a challenge as those well-versed in COBOL retire, with few options to replace them.
IBM hopes to use artificial intelligence (AI) to remedy the situation by creating a generative AI-powered code assistant dubbed watsonx to convert COBOL code to a more modern programming language.
Said IBM's Skyla Loomis, "It's AI assisted, but it still requires the developer" to edit the code provided by the AI.
He added, "It's a productivity enhancement — not a developer replacement type of activity."
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