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Google’s work with Bard on generative AI has been overshadowed by the rapid growth of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which is used in Microsoft’s Bing Mobile and Skype apps. A December 2022 report said that Google sent an internal “code red” when ChatGPT was opened to everyone.
ChatGPT has had code support for a while, but Bard was late to the party. That started to change last month, and now the company is adding AI coding to its cloud-based Python development platform, Google Colab.
One of the new AI features coming to Colab is a chatbot that will help you with coding. You will also be able to use natural language to create code. In its news post, Google says that Codey adds these features to Colab, an AI model that focuses on coding and is used to create new features. It is based on PaLM 2 and was explained in I/O 2023, which just ended.
At the beginning, when it was first available. US users using Colab can view Codey models. Google says the first set of features will “focus on code generation” and the new integration can “drastically increase the speed, quality, and understanding of programming.” With this new tool, you won’t have to write the same code repeatedly. When it’s ready, “eligible” Colab users will see a Build button and a text box next to it, as shown above.
So a new chatbot is coming to Colab. Its release date is mentioned as “soon”, but an exact date is not given. Google says it can answer simple questions like “How do I import data from Google Sheets?” or “How do I filter a Pandas DataFrame?” to enhance the AI experience for both newbies and experts.
In the meantime, “eligible” paying Colab subscribers will soon be getting ideas as they code. This is another way to reduce the number of steps you have to take, especially when you have a lot of code to go through.
Google says some of these features will slowly be added over the next few months, starting with paying users in the United States. The company plans to expand it to “other geographies” over time, and Colab’s free subscribers will also get it at some point.
With this new option, you don’t have to write code in the Google chatbot and send it to Colab. It’s important to remember that Google could use any code created by a chatbot signals to improve its models. So unless you want to test it, you shouldn’t use this form for code you don’t want other people to see.
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