Microsoft launched an AI-powered autocomplete for code using GPT-3. The PowerApps software feature transforms natural language into Microsoft Power Fx code, a Microsoft's Power Platform's open source programming language based on Excel formulas used for database queries.
- Microsoft says the new features make it possible to, for example, build an e-commerce app by simply stating, “find products where the name starts with ‘kids.’” The user is then provided with options for turning the command into a Microsoft Power Fx formula, like “Filter(‘BC Orders’ Left(‘Product Name’,4)=”Kids”).
- This is Microsoft's first commercial use case for GPT-3 after the tech giant acquired an exclusive license to the tech behind Open AI's AI language tool in late 2020.
- A preview version of the new features will be available in English in North America by the end of June.
- GPT-3 is artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI's latest AI language model, considered the most powerful one ever built. In July 2020, OpenAI gave some people public access to GPT-3 through an API after releasing research on it in May, inspiring many to share text-generations they are creating using the model across social media.
- With GPT-3, you just need to describe the kind of layout you want, and the code for it will be generated, which you can check out examples of here. After inputting text, the model predicts what the input following it should be because its "memory" contains all text ever published by humans on the internet.
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