Via CACM. Implications about, but this still does not mean we have machines building their own yet.
Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It By NextGov.com
Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can create code to solve simple math problems by searching through potential code combinations for how a problem could be solved.
The DeepCoder algorithm's creators stress it does not steal code from existing software, but instead when asked to solve a problem, it predicts what code would have been applied toward the solution to similar problems it has encountered before, and in what order.
The team produced a domain-specific programming language, and DeepCoder also can sift through potential code for workable solutions. ... "