Tech News GitHub Says 92 Percent of Programmers Are Using AI


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A whopping 92 percent of the 500 US-based developers surveyed said that they're already integrating AI tools into their workflow, while 70 percent said these tools offer them "an advantage at work." The results suggest that tools like ChatGPT or even GitHub's own AI programming assistant Copilot have quickly become an integral part of a developer's everyday life — and since coders tend to be technically savvy, it could be an interesting sign of things to come for workers everywhere. "Developers say AI coding tools can help them meet existing performance standards with improved code quality, faster outputs, and fewer production-level incidents," the survey found.

It's not just GitHub that found programmers flocking to AI tools like ChatGPT. As Gizmodo points out, the popular forum Stack Overflow, which has become an important resource for coders, said that recent dips in traffic were likely caused by developers turning to those same tools. But there are some reasons we should take GitHub's results with a grain of salt. The company has banked on the success of generative AI with its Copilot programming tool, which means that the company has a vested interest in its success and widespread use — and that's without its parent company Microsoft's deep entanglements with OpenAI.


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Report: GitHub Copilot Loses an Average of $20 Per User Per Month
A new report in the Wall Street Journal highlights the stratospheric costs that Big Tech faces delivering AI capabilities to their customers. And it seems that even the paid services are losing money.

“Microsoft used AI from its partner OpenAI to launch GitHub Copilot, a service that helps programmers create, fix, and translate code,” the publication notes. “It has been popular with coders—more than 1.5 million people have used it and it is helping build nearly half of Copilot users’ code—because it slashes the time and effort needed to program. It has also been a money loser because it is so expensive to run.”

As the WSJ notes, individuals pay $10 per month for GitHub Copilot, but multiple sources told it that the service loses an average of $20 per user per month, with some users costing Microsoft as much as $80 per month. So it’s likely that this situation played a role in the company’s decision to charge a lot more for the AI capabilities it will soon provide via Microsoft 365 Copilot. That service will cost customers $30 per user per month on top of the normal monthly Microsoft 365 subscription fee (which varies by tier). It’s not coincidental that Google will charge an identical additional per-user fee for its similar Duet AI offering.

The extravagant cost of AI also explains why Microsoft is working to develop its own in-house AI chipsets for use in its datacenters and is pushing the PC industry to adopt what it calls NPUs—Neural Processing Units that accelerate AI operations independently of the CPU—that will usher in the new era of PC computing that HP discussed last week: These coming PCs will be able to offload some AI tasks from the cloud and process them locally, reducing the expenses on the backend.

Microsoft is also looking at shorter-term solutions for the costs of AI, especially for services like Bing Chat, Bing Image Creator, and Microsoft Copilot which are free to users. One possible solution is to use less powerful backend services that don’t cost as much to run, according to some reports.

Interestingly, it appears that Adobe—which charges Creative Cloud customers astonishing sums each month for its suite of artistic tools—has solved this problem with its Firefly generative AI tools, which are profitable: It simply slows down the service’s performance on a per-user basis once that user has gone over their monthly credit allotment, an allotment that is no doubt based on the price they pay Adobe each month. “We are trying to protect ourselves on the cost side,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen told the WSJ.

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