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Can A.I. Invent?

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A robotic Da Vinci inventing.

The role, and legal status, of A.I. in invention also have implications for the future path of innovation and global competitiveness, experts say.

Credit: Paul Windle

Generative artificial intelligence, the technology engine powering the popular ChatGPT chatbot, seems to have a limitless bag of tricks. It can produce on command everything from recipes and vacation plans to computer code and molecules for new drugs.

But can A.I. invent?

Legal scholars, patent authorities and even Congress have been pondering that question. The people who answer "yes," a small but growing number, are fighting a decidedly uphill battle in challenging the deep-seated belief that only a human can invent.

From The New York Times
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