GitHub Copilot to become a paid service August 23rd @GitHub

Users of the beta test of GitHub Copilot are getting messages stating the service will cost USD $10 a month or USD $100 a year starting August 23rd with a free 60 day trial available for anyone. Also GitHub Copilot will work with popular editors, including Neovim, JetBrains IDEs, Visual Studio, and Visual Studio Code as an unobtrusive extension.

GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke spoke at WeAreDevelopers recently and shared thoughts on the big changes ahead for developers:

  • “There will be greater change in the next 5 years than in the last 40. We are entering a fundamental transformation of software development as we know it…and I think it will make us all happier.”
  • “Whether it’s the AI pair programmer…or the readily available Codespaces for a project that you want to contribute back to – all these things will help you with the things that you don’t want to do, so you can spend more time enjoying the things that you do.”
  • “In fact, in files where Copilot is enabled, we are already seeing nearly 40% of the code being suggested by Copilot. In five years, I predict that number will be 80%.”
  • “I think the shift to the cloud will happen at such a rapid rate, that in just a few years I predict there will be no more code on your local computer.”

You can read Mr. Dohmke’s blog post on how GitHub intends to move forward.


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1 Comment

  1. Unfortunately it’s still laundering GPL and other copyleft software that it was trained on (in addition to the other copyrighted permissively open source licensed software, which still almost always requires acknowledgement), which I’m not sure they’ve made a proper public statement about. Machine learning is not magic that can remove copyright and make something *not* a derivative work. They certainly are violating the spirit of many licenses. (And no license I know of allows waiving the attribution clause when processed by a machine learning algorithm, not even Boost Software License which does waive it when compiled)

    Very disappointing.

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