Day 16: #WP20 From Blogs to Blocks

Prompt 16/20 Blog: Tell us your hopes (or fears) for the future of AI in WordPress.

I am hopeful that WordPress will incorporate AI in a meaningful way. Let me adjust that: I am hopeful that the WordPress Community will incorporate AI in ways that will improve the ecosystem for everybody.

From what I’ve seen so far, users of generative AI LLMs, such as ChatGPT, have been able to get impressive results in starting out new projects. Yesterday I mentioned that something that helps me with WordPress are tools that make it easier to write code. I see text based LLMs as a way to make this work easier. Similar to how I use a code generator to make it quicker to make custom themes and plugins, these tools can help to reduce time on repetitive work, saving yourself for more complex coding that they don’t yet handle well.

The fear that I have around LLM AI is just a lot of garbage. Garbage posts generated to generate clicks. Garbage artwork assets created to make a quick buck. Garbage code written and then sold by people who can’t properly support it since they don’t have an understanding of how it is actually working.

I think that overall the positives will outweigh the negatives when it comes to the use of AI with WordPress. My confidence is because I know that our communities are resilient and will work around the shortcomings of AI to use them to their full potential.