Friday, April 21, 2023

AI: Google Bard += software development

Google’s Bard AI chatbot can now generate and debug code | TechCrunch

"Google said Friday it is launching these software development capabilities in more than 20 programming languages including C++, Go, Java, JavaScript, Python and TypeScript. Users can export Python code to Google Colab. Bard can also help with writing functions for Google Sheets.

Collectively, this means that Bard, the generative AI experiment Google launched earlier this year, can review and help users debug their source code line by line. Google said developers can tell Bard “this code didn’t work, please fix it,” and it will help debug.

It can also translate code from one language to another and explain code snippets, a helpful feature for those new to programming.

Bard, which was created to compete with ChatGPT and other language models, didn’t quite stack up to its AI peers in TechCrunch’s own testing on chatbot performance. This latest set of skills could help Bard at least keep apace with ChatGPT and Claude — at least on paper."

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