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Re: Help building Pen.el (GPT for emacs)

From: tomas
Subject: Re: Help building Pen.el (GPT for emacs)
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:30:24 +0200
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On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 11:52:41AM +1200, Shane Mulligan wrote:
> Hi Stefan and dick,
> * Reponse to Stefan
> ** Capabilities of "GPT-3+vscode" (Copilot)
> Copilot uses a specialised version of GPT-3 called codex which is optimised
> to generate code.

GPT-3 is not free software [1]. Only the service is accessible to us,
mere mortals.

As for Copilot, one could even argue that it harvests [2] free software
at the costs of all of us.

As far as I am concerned, I'll put as much distance as I can between
myself and Copilot (or Github, for the same reasons).

I often asked myself how Github could have been worth $7 billion to
Microsoft. Now I begin to understand.


[1] "Microsoft announced on September 22, 2020 that it had licensed
    'exclusive' use of GPT-3; others can still use the public API to
    receive output, but only Microsoft has access to GPT-3’s underlying

[2] https://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/

 - tomás

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