Microsoft wants AI to change your job — If it can work out the kinks

By Dina Bass

01 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Microsoft believes its AI tools are poised to reshape thousands of professions. Bloomberg examines the legal and ethical hazards the company are trying to work out.

The most hyped words in tech today may be "generative AI." The term describes artificially intelligent technology that can generate art, or text or code, directed by prompts from a user. The concept was made famous this year by Dall-E, a program capable of creating a fantastic range of artistic images on command. Now a new program from Microsoft Corp., GitHub Copilot, seeks to transform the technology from internet sensation into something broadly useful.

Earlier this year, Microsoft-owned GitHub widely released the artificial intelligence tool to work alongside computer programmers. As they type, Copilot suggests snippets of code that could come next in the program, like an autocomplete bot trained to speak in the Python or JavaScript. It's particularly useful for the programming equivalent of manual labor-filling in chunks of code that are necessary, but not particularly complicated or creative.

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