Summary: The AI invented two unique devices: a beverage holder and signal device. The applications were rejected because there was no human inventor
Original author and publication date: Michael Thompsen – January 3, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: How soon before we cross the line from “just humans” to “all intelligent beings accepted”?
From the article
The European Union’s Patent Office has issued a new ruling rejecting two patent applications submitted on the behalf of artificial intelligence programs.
The two inventions were created as part of a multidisciplinary research project organized at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.
The researchers used an artificial intelligence called DABUS, or ‘device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience.’
DABUS created two unique, usable ideas that were submitted to patent office: the first was a new kind of beverage contained; and the second was a signal device to help search and rescue teams locate a target.
According to a report in TechDirt, the EU’s Patent Office rejected both applications ‘on the grounds that they do not meet the requirement of the EPC that an inventor designated in the application has to be a human being, not a machine.’
One of the researchers, the University of Surrey’s Ryan Abbott, strongly disagreed with the decision.
For Abbott. refusing to credit ownership for the inventions because they lacked a human inventor was not just an outmoded way of thinking but a major obstacle that will ‘stand in the way of a new era of spectacular human endeavor.’
Abbott had previously argued it would be inappropriate to assign patent ownership of an AI-driven invention to anyone other than the AI itself.