They are open source but under the GPL license, which we prefer to avoid. Also the code tend to be quite messy and without much comments in Linux, and they refuse to have a stable interface between the kernel and the drivers, which means keeping something like that working is a LOT of work, as Linux keeps changing its APIs all the time.
Here is a story about a research lab at my univeristy. They were working on FPGA routing algorithms and were considering something like this: let’s have an AI try many combinations on the real hardware and try to converge to something that behaves as we want. And the AI got amazing results, several % more efficient than state-of-the art algorithms would achieve. But they wanted to know how it achieved that. And when they looked closer, it turned out it exploited quantum field effects and many other undocumented behaviors of the hardware to get things done. Which meant it would not behave in a stable way, it would be affected by temperatres, input voltages, etc. The idea was, of course, scrapped.
AI generating code will also never generate comments or documentation. And it’s already hard enough to reverse engineer things done by humans, so I don’t see how that would be in any way helpful.
No, Haiku needs more users who actively ask for support. There is indeed one aspect which is getting more users at all, but there is the other which is telling the companies that such users want to use their hardware and would buy it if there was support from the company. Both aspects are essential, and one of them can already be done by the existing users.
If you know some hardware driver developer who works this way, tell them about Haiku!
In my case I already have a stable full-time job and I find that this allows me to work on Haiku in my free time without too much worries (I know I can pay my rent, etc at the end of the month in a long term way). This ends up being better in my case than leaving that job and working on relatively short-term contracts full-time with Haiku (I did the longest one which was 1 year back in 2014).
The situation is different for everyone of course, and I’d love to see Haiku inc funding more contracts like this.