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ChatGPT can find and fix bugs in computer code

The AI chatbot ChatGPT is as good as standard machine learning approaches at fixing bugs in code, and does even better if you engage in dialogue with it

Technology 25 January 2023

ChatGPT on a computer

ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI

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ChatGPT, the AI chatbot developed by tech company OpenAI, can find and fix bugs in computer code as well as standard machine learning approaches – and does even better when engaged in conversation.

Dominik Sobania at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and his colleagues sought to see how well ChatGPT compared with other AI-powered coding support tools. A number of tools exist that use artificial intelligence to check programming code to ensure there are no mistakes.

“ChatGPT came out and we thought it seems …