07 09

OpenAI has released a new version of Codex, an AI system that translates written language into code.

The company unveiled the upgraded software on Tuesday. It looks like a seriously powerful programming tool — and a slightly scary one.

In a live demo, OpenAI used the system to convert written English commands into simple games and websites.

The demo gave a glimpse of how Codex democratizes software development and saves programmers time.

Codex is a descendant of GPT-3, OpenAI’s vaunted natural language model, but trained on billions of lines of code as well as written text.

“With Codex, you talk to it [and] it generates code, which means it can actually act in the computer world on your behalf.

And I think that that’s a really powerful thing — that you actually have a system that can carry out commands on your behalf.”

According to OpenAI, Codex is most capable in Python, but is also proficient in over a dozen languages, including JavaScript, Go, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Swift, TypeScript, and Shell.

The company has now invited businesses and developers to build on top Codex through a new API.

The Codex demo was certainly impressive, but the system isn’t perfect, as OpenAI admits.

“The code neural networks that you will have in the future will be far better than this,” said OpenAI Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever.

“This is only the beginning of an exciting future.”

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