ChatGPT: The first AI scientific author in human history 2023-03-21

In spite of the undoubtable popularity-hype that will almost inevitably come along with such an attribution, we cannot but to accept the fact that this constitutes milestone in the history of authorship.
While the concept of “proximity of ideas” has occupied the IP community for some time now, new, way more radical and disruptive implications rise in the light of the popular AI-bot being listed by a high validity publisher as the author of a scientific paper:
Is it possible for intelligent “AI-atoms” to evolve enough and acquire traits that will infuse them some sort of “necessity for ownership”?
Currently, the complexity and the evolutionary traits of their fundamental algorithms is such, that allows them to demonstrate a remarkable degree of “generative” behavior: they are designed to be able to combine existing data and sensorial stimuli under an “inherited rationality” framework, which forms the conceptual fabric and defines the common ground between the Humans and the AI.
While the AI-generated content grows increasingly sophisticated, it becomes harder to draw the line between human and machine authorship. There is a fundamental dispute in the scientific community on whether or not the machines are going to acquire traits of “self-awareness”, as well as some kind of intuitive competitive “purpose of existence” that will potentially infuse to them “ownership acquisition” traits.
So far, in its’ essence, the content created by the AI agent falls into the IP sphere of its’ creator -as the same bot well states. Under this context, it is but unlike that the creator(s) of “generative AI systems” will soon dominate the global IP market.
In any case, it is important for the administrative and legal frameworks to quickly evolve and adapt in response to these disruptive technological advances.
The recent listing of ChatGPT as a journal author is a noteworthy decision that raises important questions on the future of Intellectual Property in the era of AI. It directly challenges the traditional notions of authorship as well as of ownership itself...

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Faculty Of Information Studies In Novo Mesto



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