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What OpenAI and GitHub's AI Pair Programmer Means for the Software Industry

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What OpenAI and GitHubs AI Pair Programmer Means for the Software Industry

"Copilot's creators acknowledge that their AI system is in no way a perfect programming companion."

A joint effort between OpenAI and GitHub, Copilot is an AI-powered, autocomplete programming tool that provides relevant suggestions to developers as they write code. However, developers must be careful not to mistake Copilot and other AI-powered code generators for a programming companion whose every suggestion they accept.

New coding tools create new habits (many of them negative and insecure). We must carefully explore this new space and beware the possible tradeoffs of having AI agents as our new coding partners.

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