AI is the new tech battlefield where the Big Tech companies are in a race to release their models across various sectors. Microsoft is generally leading with services such as Bing Chat, Bing Image Creator, Microsoft 365 Copilot, Azure OpenAI Service, and more. One battleground is coding, with Microsoft's GitHub Copilot currently leading the way. However, Amazon is introducing its new CodeWhisperer service with some standout benefits.
A direct copetitior to GitHub Copilot, Amazon CodeWhisperer stands out for one big reason… it is completely free. If you don't know, Copilot will cost you $10 a month or $100 a year. In terms of functionality, Amazon describes CodeWhisperer as largely the same as what Copilot can do:
“Trained on billions of lines of code and powered by machine learning, CodeWhisperer has the same goal. Whether you are a student, a new developer, or an experienced professional, CodeWhisperer will help you to be more productive.”
“CodeWhisperer will continually examine your code and your comments, and present you with syntactically correct recommendations. The recommendations are synthesized based on your coding style and variable names, and are not simply snippets.”
If you want to try CodeWhisperer, you need to sign up for the preview first. You will get a code that you can enter in the extension of your preferred IDE. However, the sign-up link is not working at the moment, so you might have to wait a bit before you can use it.
Growing Code AI Market Now Includes Microsoft, Google, and Amazon
GitHub Copilot was launched in 2021 as an AI program co-development between Microsoft and partner OpenAI. The program launched fully in 2022, giving users AI automated code that fills in gaps in their own projects. Last month, Microsoft introduced GitHub Copilot X, which integrates OpenAI's GPT-4 AI model into the service.
GitHub Copilot has been receiving widespread criticism from open-source copyright advocates since its launch. Many claim it is unfair that the project scrapes the code of other users without attributing it to them.
The service is currently involved in a class action lawsuit by Matthew Butterick, who claims Microsoft is violating GitHub's policies and code ethics such as attribution. Elsewhere, a recent study shows Copilot may produce less accurate and less secure code than human developers.
Google recently partnered with Replit to bring the Ghostwriter AI code programming tool to its users. The two companies have entered a strategic partnership the will give Replit developers access to Google Cloud and customers of Google Cloud will get Replit's Ghostwriter software development AI.
“Generative AI can bring significant new capabilities to businesses and developers, including the ability to easily, safely, and scalably create new software applications and online experiences with little or no coding experience,” said June Yang, VP, Cloud AI, and Industry Solutions at Google Cloud. “Google Cloud infrastructure and foundation models in Vertex AI will power Replit's widely-adopted platform, delivering more performance and scalability to millions of developers around the world.”
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