Nearly a third of new code on GitHub is written with AI help

Nearly a third of new code on GitHub is written with AI help

The open-source software developer GitHub says as much as 30% of newly written code on its network is being done with the help of the company’s AI programming tool Copilot.

Why it matters: Copilot can look at code written by a human programmer and suggest further lines or alternative code, eliminating some of the repetitive labor that goes into coding.

How it works: Copilot is built on the OpenAI Codex algorithm, which was trained on terabytes of openly available source code and can translate human language into programming language. It serves as a more sophisticated autocomplete tool for programmers.

  • “We hear a lot from our users that their coding practices have changed using Copilot,” says Oege de Moor, VP of GitHub Next, the team rolling out Copilot. “Overall, they’re able to become much more productive in their coding.”

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