The open-source developer platform GitHub, owned by Microsoft, has announced the introduction of Copilot X, the company’s vision for the future of AI-powered software development.
GitHub has adopted OpenAI’s new GPT-4 model and added chat and voice support for Copilot, bringing Copilot to pull requests, the command line, and documentation to answer questions regarding developers’ projects.
“From reading docs to writing code to submitting pull requests and beyond,” GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke said in a statement.
“At the same time,” he continued, “we will continue to innovate and update the heart of GitHub Copilot – the AI pair programmer that started it all.”
The company is adding a chat interface to the editor called “Copilot chat,” which will be centered on developer scenarios and will work natively with VS Code and Visual Studio.
Copilot chat recognizes what code a developer has entered and what error warnings are displayed, and it is firmly integrated into the IDE (Integrated Development Environment).
As reported by the company, Copilot chat will join GitHub’s previously demoed voice-to-code AI technology extension, which it is now dubbing “Copilot voice,” where coders may orally deliver natural language commands.
Furthermore, developers can now sign up for a technical preview of the first AI-generated pull request descriptions on GitHub.
This new feature is powered by OpenAI’s new GPT-4 model and adds support for AI-powered tags in pull request descriptions via a GitHub app that organization admins and individual repository owners can install.
GitHub is also releasing Copilot for docs, an experimental service that employs a chat interface to provide users with AI-generated solutions to documentation inquiries – including questions from developers about the languages, frameworks, and technologies they use.