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Open Source is it Trick?

Today’s topic is open source, and I’ll be sharing both the good and the bad aspects of it.

On the positive side, when you create open-source code, it helps you think more clearly and deeply about the concepts and implementation. You’re forced to explain your ideas and thought processes in a way that others can understand, which leads to a better understanding of the problem and the solution.

Additionally, open sourcing your code can attract people who are interested in your work and may want to collaborate or even work for you. It can also lead to new business opportunities, as companies may be interested in licensing or using your code for their own products or services.

A prime example of this is a project I created called WhatsApp GPT Bot, which combines WhatsApp, GPT-3, and Firebase. By making this project open source, I was able to attract people who were interested in using it, customizing it, and even contributing to its development. This led to a lot of positive feedback, new opportunities, and even a business partnership.

On the negative side, open sourcing your code can be risky, especially for large companies. For example, tech giants like Twitter and Google may claim that their algorithms or models are open source, but in reality, they are often not truly open. The core data and resources that these systems rely on are not publicly available, making it difficult for others to use or modify them.

This practice of “openwashing” can be misleading and can give the false impression that a project is more transparent and accessible than it actually is. It’s important to be aware of this and to carefully evaluate the true extent of openness before relying on open-source software or data.

In conclusion, open source can be a powerful tool for collaboration, learning, and innovation. However, it’s important to be mindful of the potential risks and to use open source responsibly.

If you’re a programmer and you have a project that you’re not sure what to do with, consider open sourcing it. Share it with the world and see what happens. You might be surprised at the positive impact it can have.

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