After the Ethereum block explorer Etherscan introduced an advanced filter for blockchain exploration, the team announced a new tool called Code Reader, powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Essentially, the service leverages AI to enable users to retrieve and interpret the source code of a specific contract address.


Etherscan Unveils Code Reader: An AI-Powered Tool That Aims to Bolster Smart Contract Analysis

On June 19, 2023, Etherscan announced a new feature that integrates artificial intelligence (AI) into its blockchain explorer’s capabilities. Code Reader beta harnesses “the power of AI to seamlessly learn about any smart contract source code,” Etherscan said on Twitter. Additionally, Etherscan has introduced documentation on how to use the Code Reader service.

“By selecting a contract address, users can access and interact with the contract’s source code files,” the Code Reader walkthrough article notes. The software utilizes Openai’s large language model (LLM) and it can essentially accelerate smart contract research and development, Etherscan explained.

The software further “auto-populates the contract address, source code, and AI prompts to retrieve AI-generated answers.” Essentially, both veteran coders and newcomers can gain an understanding of a smart contract’s operations and functionality. Etherscan said on Twitter that this is “very much a beta release – please let us know what you’d like us to add or improve.

Etherscan’s AI-powered tool follows the recently introduced filter tool revealed on June 2, 2023. Both tools can enhance the data for researchers, onchain sleuths, and investigators by utilizing AI or the myriad new search filters. Since the beginning of 2023, AI concepts associated with cryptocurrency and blockchain solutions have been emerging, including AI-centric tokens, along with chatbots loaded with knowledge about cryptocurrencies and bitcoin (BTC).



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