ExploreDDD 2024 - Panel: The Crucial Intersection of DDD With LLMs

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I did three things at the excellent ExploreDDD 2024 conference:

The panel was a lot of fun especially since the conference started with Eric Evan’s keynote on DDDs and LLMs - video and InfoQ summary.

In this post, I’ll describe my thoughts about LLMs - the good and the panel - and echo Eric’s advice about how to handle their uncertain future.

My thoughts about LLMs

There’s a lot’s to say about LLMs but here’s a few thoughts.

LLMs: the good parts

LLMs are a fascinating and useful technology. Previously, I briefly outline common use cases for LLMs, such as text generation, summarization, rewriting, classification, entity extraction, semantic search and classification. And more recently, an interesting Harvard Business review described how people are using generative AI technologies in practice.

LLMs: the bad parts

While LLMs are useful, there are significant risks and challenges. For example:

Here’s an interesting recent article about the uncertain future of Generative AI. A shocking statistic from the article compares AI expenditures with generated revenue:

$50B in, $3B out. That’s obviously not sustainable.

LLMs: when to use them

Hillel Wayne has a great heuristic for applying AI technologies:

Use it on things that are hard to do, easy to check, and easy to fix.

What should we, as developers, do?

If history is any guide, there will be failures and LLMs will go through the trough of disillusionment. Eric’s insightful keynote started with some excellent advice about how to handle the uncertainty:

In other words, we should dive in and start experimenting with LLMs.

I’d add that we should have a healthy skepticism about the technology and its capabilities. We should also be aware of the risks and ethical issues.

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