Replit has announced a new strategic partnership with Google Cloud that will give developers access to Google’s generative AI infrastructure, services and models, VentureBeat reports.
The partnership will allow Google Cloud and Workspace developers to use Replit’s collaborative code editing platform that allows them to create and share apps online.
The announcement comes just a week after Github announced the release of Copilot X, an enhanced version of its artificial intelligence software development platform that uses the latest OpenAI GPT-4 model and extends Copilot’s capabilities by adding chat and voice features and allowing developers to get instant answers to project questions.
Replit’s Ghostwriter app will use Google’s language patterns to suggest code blocks, complete programs, and answer developers’ questions instantly. According to the company, more than 30% of the code written by developers using Ghostwriter is generated by artificial intelligence. The most sophisticated language models can generate complete programs with simple hints in natural language, allowing the creation of complete websites in just a few minutes and with no programming experience required.
Until language models are integrated into development environments, the future envisioned by Replit’s CEO, Amjad Masad, in which AI helps non-developers become developers, turns software engineers into hyper-productive “10X engineers,” and enables 1000X performance for complex software, remains out of reach.
The platform supports more than 50 programming languages and allows users to create apps and websites through any browser and device (including mobile). It facilitates collaboration and project sharing, as well as access to code execution containers.