Simon Willison’s Weblog


Wednesday, 8th February 2023

Many people, and even a few companies, have contributed code to SQLite over the years. I have legal documentation for all such contributions in the firesafe in my office. We are able to track every byte of the SQLite source code back to its original creator. The project has been and continues to be open to outside contributions, as long as those contributions meet high standards of provenance and maintainability.

D. Richard Hipp # 6:07 pm

OpenAI’s Whisper is another case study in Colonisation (via) Really interesting perspective on Whisper from the Papa Reo project—a group working to nurture and proliferate the Māori language. “The main questions we ask when we see papers like FLEURS and Whisper are: where did they get their indigenous data from, who gave them access to it, and who gave them the right to create a derived work from that data and then open source the derivation?” # 5:22 pm

PocketPy. PocketPy is “a lightweight(~5000 LOC) Python interpreter for game engines”. It’s implemented as a single C++ header which provides an impressive subset of the Python language: functions, dictionaries, lists, strings and basic classes too. There’s also a browser demo that loads a 766.66 KB pypocket.wasm file (240.72 KB compressed) and uses it to power a basic terminal interface. I tried and failed to get that pypocket.wasm file working from wasmer/wasmtime/wasm3—it should make a really neat lightweight language to run in a WebAssembly sandbox. # 5:13 am

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