Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Mason Korea, #G105
[Distinguished Lecture Series]
"Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Who Owns What Non-Humans Create?" - by. Sean O'Connor
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already analyzing, writing, composing, coding and inventing. Who should be the owner of these creations? Will a time ever come when machines create so independently that they should be given right as authors or inventors? Even if such a time never comes, what does this question reveal about real philosophical, technical and legal issues in intellectual property, such as an employer's right to own the products of an employee's intellectual labor? This talk presents the current capacities of artificial intelligence for authorship and invention, predictions of future possibilities, and the implications for those possibilities, not only with regarded to any supposed rights for "thinking machines," but also with regard to what these questions tell us about how we assign intellectual property rights to human beings of all sorts.
Sean O'Connor, noted innovation law scholar, is a Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. He is currently completing a book, The Means of Innovation: Creation, Control, Method+ology, and serving as Editor for a new Handbook of Music Law & Policy, both to be published by Oxford University Press.
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