Earlier this year, Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot arrived via a collaboration with the Open AI platform Codex, and quickly met with controversy. However, Copilot is still available and is this week receiving a new update.
This week, GitHub introduced the following new features and abilities to Copilot:
- “GitHub Copilot now supports Neovim and JetBrains IDEs, especially focused on the latest versions of IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm.
- Support for multiline completions in Java has also been added.
- Support for more languages will arrive over the coming months.”
Despite the usefulness of Copilot, the feature drew criticism, especially because of the collaboration with OpenAI. Many argue Copilot breaks the idea of open-source because developers must pay to use it.
Others slammed Microsoft because Copilot is using snippets of code to train and then charging users to access it. Microsoft argues it costs money to train AI and that while it uses snippets of code, it is not breaking any copyright.
The question is… Is code that has been generated by machine learning even something that could be copyrighted? It is also unclear whether Copilot replicates the training snippets exactly or not.
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