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posted by janrinok on Saturday July 06, @11:23PM   Printer-friendly

The World Intellectual Property Organization has counted the patents and scientific publications related to generative AI it could find between 2014 and 2023, and found 54,000 GenAI-related inventions and over 75,000 scientific publications – and that China utterly dominates the field. The Org's Patent Landscape Report – Generative Artificial Intelligence, delivered on Wednesday, found 733 patent families – sets of patents related to a single invention and with the same technical content – on GenAI in 2014 ballooning to more than 14,000 in 2023.


It was only in 2023 that US president Biden declared the time had come to ensure the United States "leads the way in seizing the promise and managing the risks of artificial intelligence."

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by canopic jug on Sunday July 07, @06:01AM (1 child)

    by canopic jug (3949) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 07, @06:01AM (#1363361) Journal

    There are two key points here. One point is that Red China usually thoroughly ignores both patent and copyright when it comes to material from outside. Thus the West is the only one affected by this. Red China will remain unaffected by patents held in other countries. The other point is that software patents inhibit innovation almost to the point of killing it outright. That's been documented to death yet the West, under the control of the WIPO, continues down that path despite legal decisions against software patents.

    When you connect the two dots above, it is clear that these are being used offensively by Red China to set back development in the West. The West will, foolishly, obey the WIPO. Red China will continue to ignore it. Thus Red China will move ahead in software, especially LLMs and AI, while the West will be locked in infinite, petty lawsuits over (invalid) software patents.

    That invalid annotation is important. Perhaps the saddest part is that although software is not eligible for patenting in the EU (it is under copyright there) and although the concept of software patents has been overturned and declared invalid in the US, both sides of the pond are falling over themselves to be the first to kowtow to Xi on this.

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    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Sunday July 07, @03:09PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday July 07, @03:09PM (#1363372)

      The interesting application of AI will be coming up this November. In addition to rooms full of American English trained astroturfers whipping the US electorate into a rabid equally divided froth, I am certain some quantity of foreign state controlled chat bots will be at work in the field. What effects they can have, not only on election outcomes but also on the fracture of US national identity, will be interesting.

      Following the old curse: may you live in interesting times.

      🌻🌻 []