Copilot was built in collaboration with OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, and others and that Microsoft invested $1 billion in last year. OpenAI adapted its GPT-3 language-prediction model for computer code for this project in a model it calls Codex. Teaching neural networks to write code is not a new endeavor, with startups like TabNine and Kite working on similar projects. But the heft of Microsoft and OpenAI means Copilot is a strong entrant to the market from Day 1.
Philip John Basile, senior front-end developer at cybersecurity company Dragos, has dabbled with these other AI coding assistants, but told InfoWorld that Copilot is already “just on another level.”
The announcement certainly made a splash, generating 1,200 comments on Hacker News in just two days and driving hundreds of early users to show off its hits and misses on social media.
In terms of the developer experience today, a few early…