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It has been over a year since OpenAI introduced ChatGPT and brought the power of AI and large language models (LLMs) to the average consumer. But we could argue that introducing APIs for seamlessly integrating large language models into apps developed by companies and independent hackers all over the world can be the true game changer in the long term. Developers are having heated discussions about how we can utilize this technology to develop truly useful apps that provide real value instead of just copying what OpenAI does. We want to contribute to this discussion by showing you how we think about developing autonomous agents at profiq. But first a bit of background.

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AI and AI-powered development have become incredibly hot topics in the technology industry. The potential of AI to revolutionize various fields is widely acknowledged, and while impressive, is still being developed. Researchers, developers, and organizations are actively exploring new ways to use AI. In this dynamic landscape, we at profiq are constantly seeking out and experimenting with new libraries, plugins, and tools that leverage AI. These resources aim to enhance productivity, automate repetitive tasks, and unlock new possibilities in software development. One such resource is GitHub Copilot (Copilot). Copilot is…

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When a user has a problem or an issue, it might seem logical to stop the conversation and immediately jump in with a solution. However, this can prevent us from truly understanding the customer’s needs and getting a broader view of the issue at hand. Active listening is an important component of any job - including in the software industry. We sat down recently with Dr. Erica Noll Webb, the senior research manager at Docker, to discuss the importance of customer-centric innovation and other timely topics related to her work.…

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Empowering Users with Advanced Question-Answering Systems

For a long time, we have dreamt about systems able to answer questions related to a set of text documents — a next-gen search engine. As developers, we spend a significant portion of our time reading through documentation, trying to solve a specific problem. We are not alone. People in many other fields face similar problems. Addressing this issue could save an immense amount of time. The problem of answering a question from a set of text documents has been studied for quite some time. However, only the recent improvements…

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Innovation is at the core of Profiq's mission. Arguably, the most innovative development in technology recently is ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI. In an earlier article, we explored OpenAI’s Codex model, which we used for code generation and editing. In this follow-up article, we share our experience leveraging OpenAI’s models programmatically via its API, for creating a plugin for Jetbrains IDEs. Querying OpenAI from the IDE We’ve been using ChatGPT from the browser in various ways to aid with our daily software development and QA. When the interaction with ChatGPT involves…

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Can OpenAI write programs on its own?

If you've been following the news in the IT world, you’ve surely heard about OpenAI. For the past few months, this company has made headlines with its excellent AI language models. OpenAI is best-known for ChatGPT, a user-friendly, chatbot-like tool that’s being used to simplify the content creation process. Beside ChatGPT, their offering also used to include the now deprecated Codex API, which served not only for code generation, but also for manipulating existing code. Some companies already use a variant of the Codex model in their tools. For example,…

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Deep Learning in Elixir with Axon

At profiq, we are always interested in learning something new, and trying novel technologies. One of these technologies is Elixir—a functional programming language whose main strengths lie in fault tolerance and scalability through concurrency. This makes it a good candidate for backend development, especially when it comes to high-traffic web applications. We, for example, utilize Elixir’s properties in cooperation with Divvy to handle a large number of financial transactions. But, this, of course, is not its only use. As it turns out, Elixir can do a lot more. One of…

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Making musical instruments speak using AI

Have you ever seen a speaking piano? Pretty cool, right? At profiq, we sometimes take a break from serious business and explore some pretty obscure ideas. A musical instrument able to replicate human speech is one of them. Inspired by YouTube videos and by our friends from the House of Hungarian Music in Budapest, we decided to dive deeper into the science and technology behind speaking instruments. Our mission? To understand how everything works, go beyond just a single instrument, and create an entire “speaking orchestra”. Our methodology In order…

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