An Android Dreams Up Electric Sheep – Should Machine Inventors Have Rights?


Since DeepBlue defeated Gary Kaparov at chess in 1996, the idea that human intelligence could not be matched by machine has been thoroughly undermined. At the time, it was commonly thought that chess was the pinnacle of human intellectual ability, which a computer could never match. Today, few would argue that a human could outperform a computer, at least in a closed system like chess.

The reality is that machines are no longer just limited to beating human beings at their own games, but also have the capability for their own creations. Artificial Intelligence has evolved to the extent that computers can generate unique concepts – known as Computer Generated Invention (CGI) – which means that machines at least have the potential to fulfil the role of inventor.

The concept of the Computer Generated Invention creates challenges for the patent system in terms of who should own the corresponding intellectual property rights?

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