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SXSW 2019

Can a Computer Invent?

IBM's Watson won Jeopardy. And Google's DeepMind is the leading champion of the game, Go. Artificial Intelligence ("AI") is even writing news, novels (albeit not great ones), and creating and performing music. What once was the subject of science fiction is quickly becoming a reality. But the question still remains, can a computer invent? Can a computer be an author? Can a computer infringe upon a human creator's intellectual property? And if it does, who is liable? The human(s) who create the code, the company that distributes the technology, or the computer itself?

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  1. AI challenges the most traditional IP legal notions, such as authorship, copying, and inventiveness.
  2. There are not only policy implications to who owns the creative output of AI, but also ethical implications.
  3. We are not only seeing this problem in intellectual property, but also autonomous vehicle regulations.



Jillian Gallo, Federal Affairs Intern, R Street Institute

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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