Brian Marshall: The Cash and the Calling

“This paper analyzes a model of software development in
which closed-source applications make use of open-source artificial
intelligence parts.
We begin by observing that AI has a huge
potential but that problems limit the development of applications.
We consider why there will continue to be closed-source AI
applications and note that pure open-source development is limited
by the number of people interested in starting open-source
projects. We consider the possibility of closed-source applications
based on open-source parts, both in a two-tier and a three-tier
architecture. We look at the pool of talent available for
open-source projects. We conclude that the use of open-source AI
parts may significantly increase the development of AI applications
and that this may be good for the state of the art of AI.”