AI HUMANS- AI can do the unthinkable. It can make a pizza, sing random prayers out of a disembodied mouth, power a cyborg arm, and even reverse paralysis. The one thing it can’t do is invent. At least not according to the U.S. patent office.
This all started with an AI system named DABUS eating up tons of information and concepts about design and practicality, among other things, and then inventing two things that have never been seen before. So a patent was filed by the Artificial Inventor Project, an international group of legal experts that wants AI to be recognized as a viable inventor by patent authorities. Not only did both the U.K. and E.U. patent offices reject the DABUS patent applications, but now the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has too.
“USPTO regulations and rules limit inventorship to natural persons,” the patent office said in its official rejection of the petition to patent something invented by an artificial brain.
What exactly did this thing invent that was so revolutionary? DABUS, which was developed by AI expert Dr. Stephen Thaler, came up wtih a fractal drink container that can morph into different shapes, which gives prosthetic or robotic hands — even those which “think” with AI themselves — a better grip.
Fractal structures are made of geometric shapes in such a way that each piece of the pattern resembles the whole. They commonly occur in nature when you see something like a fern leaf. Observing it closely will reveal tinier and tinier leaves, with the shape of each one reflecting that of the entire leaf. The same phenomenon happens in snowflakes. You can also see fractals in things like those Magic Eye books. They could possibly be infinite (don’t think about that too hard or you’ll end up with a headache).
The second genius thing DABUS invented was what Thaler calls a “neural flame.” This light flickers to mimic brain activity. It functions with an algorithm that can adapt to different situations and, in case of emergency, be more likely to grab someone’s attention.