Newsletter ABPI - Edition Special Congress 2023 - Day 1


In Most Countries, Computers and Robots Aren’t Authors

There are still no clear answers regarding the authorship of generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) creations. However, considering the current legislation in most countries, such as the United States and those in the European Union, computers and robots are not recognized as authors, stated Crystal Washington, the futurist and keynote speaker of the Congress, on the 20th. She mentioned that there are global discussions about generative AI rights, but there is no definitive decision now, and we need to work on that. “AI might be patentable, but I don’t have the answer.”

During her presentation, which included interactive games with the audience, the event’s keynote speaker highlighted how the number of AI patents is surpassing traditional patents. Crystal shared insights from her research conducted in Brazil, revealing that 100% of respondents believed that safeguarding Intellectual Property rights is crucial for promoting creativity. Furthermore, 92% agreed that IP contributes to a fairer economy.

According to the futurist, the recipe for navigating the future of Artificial Intelligence involves thinking like a futurist, keeping an open mind, and exploring how technology can create opportunities. Companies that underestimated the signs of impending change, like taxi companies and a well-known video rental chain, paid a heavy price. While many generative AI creations are projected to outperform human work, Crystal emphasized the enduring need for human supervision.