A court in Shenzhen, China, has ruled that an article generated by artificial intelligence (AI) is protected by copyright, according to state news outlet China News Service, representing a notable milestone for AI's credentials as a creative force. For the past five years Chinese tech titan Tencent has published content produced by automated software called Dreamwriter, with a focus on business and financial stories. In 2018, an online platform operated by a company called Shanghai Yingxun Technology Company replicated an AI-generated financial report from Tencent on its own website. The article included a disclaimer that said it was "automatically written by Tencent Robot Dreamwriter"; however, the court found that the article's articulation and expression had a "certain originality" and met the legal requirements to be classed as a written work -- thus it qualified for copyright protection. While the defendant had already removed the article from its own website, it was still required to pay a fine of 1,500 yuan ($217).
Artificial intelligence has thrashed humans at chess. Now the bots are gunning for mahjong. An AI-powered program developed by Microsoft Corp. has surpassed the average level of the top players in a recent competition in Japan, Harry Shum, executive vice-president of the company's artificial intelligence and research group, said in Shanghai on Thursday. "To those friends who usually lose money in mahjong, this is good news to you," Shum said to laughter at the World AI Conference. "The bot player developed by Microsoft can deal with high uncertainty, presenting instincts akin to human, projection and deduction capabilities as well as a sense of overall consciousness."