In addition, it's such an ignorant devaluation of AI's incredible achievements. The field of AI, a term everyone except Slashdot naysayers have agreed upon, has performed incredible feats of image and language analysis (among other things) that the average software engineer stringing together API calls could never have come up with.
Honestly, if you told someone to just "write a program" to recognize whether an image has a cat in it or not, what do you think they would come up with? Probably 20,000 lines of messy code that only handles a handful of cases. The insights of learning parameters from data, optimization techniques, and convolutional neural networks were found by groping in the dark for 50 years. For 50 years people couldn't just "write a program" to do that simple task. For a long time people couldn't even write programs that recognized the 10 handwritten numerical digits with competitive accuracy to a human.
Oh my gosh, why does everyone make a big deal about "making cars?" It's called "engineering a solution," and we've been doing it for millenia! Can we just call "cars" what they really are, "engineered solutions?"