- GitHub, GitHub’s parent company Microsoft and OpenAI have teamed up to deliver a tool that comes up with source code for programmers to use as they work.
- OpenAI will release the underlying online service for other companies to use this summer.
…The new software makes coding faster, Friedman said in an interview last week. Hundreds of developers at GitHub have been using the Copilot feature all day while coding, and the majority of them are accepting suggestions and not turning the feature off, Friedman said.
…“You don’t want to go read Twilio’s API documentation. It knows all that stuff. It’s actually quite reliable at it”, he said. Brockman calls this work last-mile programming, and he said that having computers take care of it leads to speed improvements. Microsoft’s chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, has seen that happen firsthand. “It can save me from having to dive through a whole bunch of documentation to get a tool to do a thing that I know it’s capable of doing, and that is so good for productivity”, he said. “I can’t even tell you the number of hours I’ve wasted trying to figure out the right way to do a relatively prosaic thing, just navigating the complexity of these tools.”
…Engineers fed the model “many, many terabytes of public source code out there”, Friedman said.
…Over the next few months, people experimented with the model to see what it could do, both useful and silly—for instance, one engineer made a website that could design a button that looked like a watermelon. Brockman reached out to Friedman, as he was running a key destination where millions of programmers work on code and things proceeded from there.