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AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers

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GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke speaking at Collision 2022 in Toronto.

The tool was created in partnership with OpenAI, an AI software maker best known for its GPT-3 natural-language model that can mimic writing.

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GitHub Inc.'s new automated computer-coding tool will help companies manage a chronic shortage of software developers, but it will not replace them, according to the company's chief executive officer.

Thomas Dohmke, the CEO of Microsoft Corp. -owned GitHub, says the artificial-intelligence-powered coding tool, launched this week as Copilot, is designed to ease the task of writing long lines of computer code from scratch.

Software code is the mathematics-like language that powers computer applications, which underpin many core business functions, from sales and marketing, to human resources, accounting and finance.

From The Wall Street Journal
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