Today, GitHub (which is owned by Microsoft) launched the Copilot AI tool. As the name implies, artificial intelligence helps developers imagine lines of code in their code editor. But this is not new. We mean a year ago that GitHub announced that it is partnering with OpenAI to work on Copilot.
The Copilot AI costs $10 per month or $100 per year. As mentioned above, it will present the following line of code when developers type in an integrated development environment (IDE) such as Visual Studio Code, Neovim, and JetBrains IDEs. It’s not a simple suggestion we saw in a code editor. Instead, Copilot can propose complete methods and complex algorithms.
In the past 12 months, when GitHub launched the previous Copilot AI, the number of registered developers exceeded 1.2 million. In addition, it does not charge verified students and administrators of popular open source projects. Interestingly, in editors where it is ON, Copilot writes about 40% of the code.
“Like the rise of compilers and open source, we believe that AI-assisted coding will fundamentally change the nature of software development, giving developers a new tool to write code easier and faster so that they can be happier in their lives,” says GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke.
Not all developers like GitHub Copilot AI
You should also know that it costs a lot of money to make. Microsoft has already invested more than $1 billion in OpenAI. The Copilot AI tool uses OpenAI Codex as its core. It is a descendant of OpenAI’s flagship GPT-3 language generating algorithm.
However, not everyone likes what GitHub Copilot does. Immediately after the launch of the preview, there were questions about the legality of Copilot. In other words, people wondered if it can access codes on GitHub. If we weren’t already talking about the copyright issues, there was a study that showed that about 40% of Copilot’s output contained security vulnerabilities.
This field will progress further in the future. And in that sense, the Redmond-based company isn’t the only company working on automated AI tools to help with coding. Something similar is offered by DeepMind, owned by Google. The AI system called AlphaCode can write computer programs “at a competitive level”.