The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled that artificial intelligence systems cannot be credited as an inventor in a patent, the agency announced earlier this week. The decision came in response to two patents -- one for a food container and the other for a flashing light -- that were created by an AI system called DABUS. Among the USPTO's arguments is the fact that US patent law repeatedly refers to inventors using humanlike terms such as "whoever" and pronouns like "himself" and "herself." The group behind the applications had argued that the law's references to an inventor as an "individual" could be applied to a machine, but the USPTO said this interpretation was too broad. "Under current law, only natural persons may be named as an inventor in a patent application," the agency concluded.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the English scientist credited with the invention of the World Wide Web, isn't too happy about where said web is going. In an open letter published Monday -- a day before the WWW's 30th anniversary -- Berners-Lee outlines the issues that plague the internet today, and what he thinks needs to be done to fix them. "While the web has created opportunity, given marginalised groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit," he wrote. In the letter, Berners-Lee identifies three main "sources of dysfunction" that plague today's web (he appears to use the words "web" and "internet" as synonyms, which isn't quite true, but we'll let it slide). One is malicious intent, which includes state-sponsored hacking, harassment and just plain old crime.
Women are working and leading the best companies. As tech continues to evolve, women are more focused than ever to demonstrate their strength, passion, and dedication to help innovate and lead technology in the age of digitization and automation across the globe. Today's progress comes as a result of decades of hard work, although there is still quite of bit of work yet to be done. However, research also reveals as automation continues to become even more pervasive it will cause some women to leave the workforce or force them to change the way they work. Despite the many changes that will occur in the marketplace, the women on this list have shown they are determined to stay a steady course.
The World Wide Web looks nothing like Sir Tim Berners-Lee had envisioned, but almost 30 years after its inception, the renowned computer scientist has an idea that could fix it. He announced that he is taking a sabbatical from MIT to focus on Solid, a new open-source platform that aims to decentralize the web by letting users take control over their data.