Open(ish) Machine Learning News
Updates on the intersection of ML and open.


A robot carrying a broom, sweeping away lawyers and books of law. 1800s-magazine style.

thought experiments / 2023-03-30

A busy week: copyrightability, throwbacks to late-90s monopoly concerns, who is a coder anyway, permission culture revisited, artistic typography, and so much more.
8 min read
Pile of giant easter eggs in an Italian town square, generated by Midjourney

it’s a lot / 2023-03-19

Two mini-essays on the Open Data Definition and why OpenAI’s non-profit/for-profit split can be legal (but might not be), and many news bytes from a busy week.
11 min read
Foreground: a pile of lumber, vaguely structured in the shape of a house. Background: blue skies, trees.

structure is good / 2023-03-12

Focusing on some key themes, via deployment on laptops, government algorithms, a blog post from Anthropic, an intro to foundation models, and more.
5 min read
A body of water with a single person holding an umbrella and cloudy skies above. Mostly grey.

getting serious / 2023-03-05

An observation from the Linux Foundation Legal Summit; Apache grapples with ML; adversarial data; memes explained; and muuuch more.
8 min read
Flock of birds over large pieces of paper that look like contracts (AI-generated image)

layers and lawyers, oh my / 2023-02-06

Long pondering on when the giants of the space might fight for fair use, or compromise; an observation on the state of open data governance; news on attribution; memorization of (some images); and two weeks of miscellany.
9 min read
A drawing of windblown trees along an ocean coast, in muted grey and green colors, as generated by Midjourney.

Power, accountability, speed: pick (one?) / 2023-01-20

Updates, including data from Hugging Face, new litigation, and thoughts on power.
5 min read
A cartoonish cupcake, with a speech bubble saying “2022”, generated by Stable Diffusion 2.1

2023, and welcome new subscribers

What I’m *not* doing in 2023 (predicting the future), a few examples of this tech getting simpler and faster, and an extensive discussion of Wikipedia.
6 min read
Two impressionistic Santas dancing under palm trees, generated by machine learning

all through the house / 2022-12-19

I've been under the weather and busy at work, so things have been sporadic. I look forward to doing this
4 min read
A robot with many visible wheels, rolling through a field. It is made of broccoli.

no chats / 2022-12-06

Avoiding ChatGPT; updates on economics (trends going in good directions), law (it’s messy), explainability (nothing good).
3 min read
Colorful turkeys in a vaguely anime-inspired style.

Transparency and other rules / 2022-11-21

RAIL adoption; observations on “release early, release often” in ML; and a micro-essay on transparency.
8 min read