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The author of this article argues we are fast approaching a time when artificial intelligence (AI) invents things its human creators cannot. But how do we award a patent to a machine that has created something?

Summary

This article by Lachlan Gilbert, writing for UNSW Newsroom, makes the following points:
  • Our laws lag behind technology, and patent law is currently inadequate to deal with current situations.
  • In a commentary published in Nature, two leading academics from UNSW Sydney examine the implications of patents being awarded to an AI entity.
  • The case revolves around a machine called DABUS (Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience).
  • DABUS has been named the inventor of two products—a food container that helps with insulation and stacking and a flashing light for attracting attention in emergencies.

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Source: University of NSW (UNSW)

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