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Artificial Intelligence can't technically invent things, says patent office

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Artificial intelligence is the future. If "Westworld" or "Black Mirror" are to be believed, there will soon come a day when the computers rule us all. But for now, an AI's power ends at the US Patent Office. The USPTO has denied a pair of patents filed on behalf of DABUS, an artificial intelligence system, and published a ruling that says US patents can only be granted to "natural persons." The two patents were for a food container and a flashlight, and were filed by Stephen Thaler, an AI researcher and DABUS' creator.


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Artificial intelligence is the future. If "Westworld" or "Black Mirror" are to be believed, there will soon come a day when the computers rule us all. But for now, an AI's power ends at the US Patent Office. The USPTO has denied a pair of patents filed on behalf of DABUS, an artificial intelligence system, and published a ruling that says US patents can only be granted to "natural persons." The two patents were for a food container and a flashlight, and were filed by Stephen Thaler, an AI researcher and DABUS' creator.


Artificial Intelligence can't technically invent things, says patent office

#artificialintelligence

Artificial intelligence is the future. If "Westworld" or "Black Mirror" are to be believed, there will soon come a day when the computers rule us all. The USPTO has denied a pair of patents filed on behalf of DABUS, an artificial intelligence system, and published a ruling that says US patents can only be granted to "natural persons." The two patents were for a food container and a flashlight, and were filed by Stephen Thaler, an AI researcher and DABUS' creator. According to the filing from the USPTO, Thaler calls DABUS a "creativity machine" and wanted the AI to get full credit for the inventions.


Magic of the machine: can artificial intelligence invent?

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There is an interesting appeal listed to be heard in the Patents Court in July. Professor Ryan Abbott of Surrey University wants the patent system to acknowledge machines are inventors. As part of the Artificial Inventor Project, he is seeking patents for inventions made by DABUS (pronounced'DA-BUS'). DABUS, a'creativity machine', is a series of neural networks and was created and is owned by Dr Stephen Thaler. DABUS can be provided information on a particular topic in order to independently create inventions.


Zero-sum games are turning AIs into powerful creative tools

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In 2018, a new kind of AI will show off its ability to produce artworks that can not only imitate old masters but which can take off in startling new creative directions. Generative adversarial networks (GANs) bring a new level of sophistication to graphics. Not only can they produce totally convincing artificial images on demand ("Donald Trump on a skateboard being chased by a polar bear"), they can tweak existing images in subtle ways ("make it look like the Sun is shining"). A GAN involves two separate neural networks, a generator and a discriminator. The generator produces images and the discriminator rates them. For example, the generator might be fed a large database of images of dogs and attempt to produce its own imitation dog picture. The discriminator then tries to tell the difference between the fake dog and real ones, and feeds back to the generator. The generator rapidly gets better at producing dogs, and the discriminator becomes better at spotting fakes.