Microsoft-owned GitHub today launched its Copilot AI tool, which helps offer lines of code to developers in their code editor. GitHub originally merged with OpenAI last year to launch a preview of Copilot and this publicly available to all developers today.
Priced at $ 10 per month or $ 100 per year, GitHub Copilot is able to offer the next line of code as developers introduce into an integrated development environment (IDE) such as Visual Studio Code, Neovim and JetBrains IDE. Copilot can offer complete methods and sophisticated algorithms, along with template code and help with unit testing.
More than 1.2 million developers have registered to use Preview of GitHub Copilot over the last 12 months and will remain a free tool for proven students and supporting popular open source projects. In the files where it is activated, GitHub says that nearly 40 percent of the code is now written by Copilot.
“Just 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 for easier and faster code writing so they can be happier in your life, “said GitHub CEO Thomas Domke.
Microsoft’s $ 1 billion investment at OpenAI, the research firm now run by former Y Combinator president Sam Altman, led to the creation on GitHub Copilot. It is built on OpenAI Codex, a descendant of the leading algorithm for generating the GPA-3 language of OpenAI. However, the GitHub Copilot is controversial. Only days after the launch of its preliminary version there were questions about the legality of the Copilot is trained in a publicly available code published on GitHub. Leaving aside copyright issues, one thing study also found that about 40 percent of Copilot’s results contained security vulnerabilities.
Microsoft is not the only company working on automated artificial intelligence tools to help with coding. Last year, DeepMind, owned by Google, revealed AI system called AlphaCode which is designed to write computer programs “at a competitive level”. AlphaCode was tested against Codeforces, a competitive coding platform, and achieved an “approximate rank”, placing it among the top 54 percent of human coders. The challenges are different from what a regular coder would face, but they demonstrate how AI coding systems can help coders in the future.