One of the biggest payment firms in the world, Visa, is looking for a software engineer to use AI tools to deal with blockchain smart contracts. The ideal applicant would have experience utilizing GitHub Copilot and other AI-assisted engineering tools to develop and debug smart contracts, according to a tweet from Cuy Sheffield, head of cryptocurrency at Visa.
The company has plans in place to investigate these areas and is also eager to promote the use of stablecoins and public blockchains. Visa has been actively pursuing initiatives relating to cryptocurrencies and has partnered with a number of well-known cryptocurrencies firms.
Visa is hiring a software engineer tasked with using AI tools to work with blockchain smart contracts, a company executive tweeted on April 24.
Visa could make use of GitHub Copilot
Cuy Sheffield, Visa’s Head of Crypto, wrote that the firm is:
“Particularly interested in [software engineers with] experience using Github Copilot and other AI assisted engineering tools to write and debug smart contracts.”
GitHub Copilot is an AI-powered programming tool that is able to suggest code within the user’s code editor based on natural language prompts.
Individuals have tested GitHub Copilot with mixed results. One developer reported great success in using GitHub Copilot to refactor or “clean up” smart contract code. Another reported that the application leaked an Ethereum private key and expressed uncertainty about the application’s security.
Engineer will also work with public blockchains
Sheffield also said that Visa’s new hire would assist in driving the adoption of public blockchains and stablecoins. Visa is, in fact, already working on such initiatives, having announced new stablecoin and CBDC plans in January.
The company also began to settle USDC transactions on Ethereum as early as 2021. Visa additionally powers payment cards for a number of popular crypto companies, including Crypto.com, Binance, Coinbase, and others.
Visa said in February that it would not dial back its crypto efforts.