• In 1950, mathematician Alan Turing published “Computing Machinery and Intelligence.” The document outlines the possibility of intelligent machines that could think and eventually attain consciousness.
• Turing’s paper has generated a debate that is ongoing and is at the heart of current litigation that will likely be decided by the US Supreme Court.
In July 2019, Stephen Thaler, CEO of Imagination Engines Incorporated (IEI), filed two patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), listing an artificial intelligence (AI) program as the inventor on both applications. The IEI’s AI system is known as the Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience (DABUS). According to IEI’s patent applications, DABUS invented a flickering light that mimics neural activity and a fractal drink container that allows robots to improve its grip. Not surprisingly, IEI’s website states that the company is “ushering in the dawn of conscious computing” and lists several high-profile companies such as General Electric, Boeing, and Raytheon as well as branches of the US Defense Depart.Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence Has Its Day(s) in Court”