Machine learning researchers and practitioners who contribute to open source are the silent catalysts fueling the rapid growth in AI. However, it is often corporations that reap the majority of the benefits from their work.
Hopefully, any business that leverages machine learning feels compelled, in good conscience, to directly support researchers & practitioners who publish code, models/notebooks/apps with permissible licenses permitting commercial use. Currently, the only obligation a business has when using open source materials with a permissible license is to provide attribution for legal compliance.
GitHub sponsorship is one way to directly support them. However, the majority of them (~98%) have not enabled sponsorship yet. At this point, the only show of support we can offer is to star their repos. One goal of this initiative is to encourage researchers & practitioners to enable GitHub sponsorship, allowing us to support them directly.