The future is artificial intelligence. If “Black Mirror” or “Westworld” is correct, there will be a day when computers will rule us all.
Nevertheless, currently, artificial intelligence power ends at the United States Patent Office.
The USPTO denied a pair of patents filed on behalf of DABUS. DABUS is an artificial intelligence system. Moreover, UPSTO rejected a ruling that says that only natural persons can grant United States patents.
Stephen Thaler filed two patents. They were for a flashlight and a food container.
Stephen Thaler is a DABUS’ creator and artificial intelligence researcher. Thaler calls DABUS a creative machine. Thus, he wanted artificial intelligence to get full credit for the inventions. Thaler argued as filing says that allowing the device to list as an inventor will incentivize innovating using artificial intelligence systems. CNN reached out to Thaler for his comment.
Only a natural person can submit inventions (depends on how philosophical you want to get), according to the ruling of USPTO. It reflects in previous federal court rulings and the language of patent law. Moreover, the verdict quotes a Federal Circuit court decision from 1994, speaking on philosophy. That expounds on the nature of invention in a way that is certain to send your brain down the maze of reflexive self-awareness.
Thus, the touchstone of inventorship is conception. That is the completion of the invention’s mental part. It is the formation of the inventor’s mind, of a permanent a definite idea of the operative and complete design. Thus, conception is a mental act.
The patent that lists DABUS as the inventor has also been denied in the United Kingdom and Europe for similar reasons related to personhood. The Office of European Patent also raised the issue of who will enforce the rights granted to an inventor under such a circumstance.
Thaler is the mind behind DABUS. Moreover, he is a physicist and found of Imagination Engines. Imagination Engines is a company that develops and researches networks of artificial neural. DABUS is one such network of artificial neural. Imagination Engines is describing DABUS as a true artificial inventor that programs mimicking neural patterns of human thought that leads to a primal, mysterious spark of invention.
Nevertheless, UPSTO is just a machine for now. IEI was building contemplative artificial intelligence wherein artificial networks play off one another, in an adversarial or cooperative fashion, decades ago. It was to create new action plans and/or ideas. Moreover, these so-called Creative Machines required at least two nets of neural. It was a kind of critic and idea generator, permanently connected into a neural architecture.
Nevertheless, DABUS is an altogether different proposition from Machines of Creativity. The enormous difference between DABUS and Creativity Machines is that on-off patterns of neuron activations do not represent the ideas. Nevertheless, those shapes or temporary structures from nets chains are rapidly dematerializing and materializing.
Thus, DABUS architecture is a multitude of neural nets. Those neural nets have many ideas forming in parallel across multiple computers.
Let’s see what happens.
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