Mickey Mouse Enters Public Domain

Disney no longer has exclusive copyright over the original Mickey Mouse cartoon. Happy New Year! The copyright protection on Walt Disney’s 1928 animated short Steamboat Willie was initially due to expire in 1984, but Disney lobbied to have US copyright laws changed to cover the “life of the author plus 50 years”, which protected Willie …

A List of Generative Patent Drafting Software

Patent drafting can be very technical, cumbersome, and time-consuming, yet there is no guarantee that your patent will be approved. One may need to file in several countries, thus increasing expenses. Patent drafting AI is filling a real and urgent need to slash patent filing costs to minimum. Removing prohibitive monetary barriers to patent filing is poised to empower inventors to file as many applications for as many patents as they can possibly think of on an ongoing basis. This is good for innovation.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of patent-drafting bots by alphabetical order. We haven’t had the opportunity to test them, so this is not an endorsement. The list excludes software that only features search and research specs:


A useful reading: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/intellectual_property_law/publications/landslide/2018-19/january-february/drafting-patent-applications-covering-artificial-intelligence-systems/

Shopping For a Non-Intelligent Phone Without GPS, Camera, and Wifi

Do flip phones emit less radiation? Yes, Flip phones and dumb phones are objectively better for those looking to reduce radiation exposure; particularly models without bluetooth & GPS capabilities. Also flip phones without multiple apps running in the background that require constant internet access are speculated to be safer. (Source) The SAR value, also known as …

Hollywood Writers Strike Ends After 146 Days; Actors Strike Continues

On Sunday, Hollywood’s striking writers represented by The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and production workers represented by The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached a tentative agreement (subject to final contract language). The tentative agreement has finally been declared a “victory”. The writers’ strike began on May 2 and followed five …

Meta’s LLama 2 Runs On Open Source

This summer, the AI division of Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta unveiled its Llama 2 chatbot. Meta’s approach with Llama 2 contrasts with that of the company OpenAI, which created the AI chatbot ChatGPT, because LLama is open source—meaning that the original code is freely available, allowing it to be researched and modified. This strategy has sparked a vast …

How To Know If AI Is Sentient, Neuroscientists Provide a Checklist

In 2021, Blake Lemoine at Google stirred up a media storm by proclaiming that one of the chatbots he worked on, LaMDA, was sentient—and he subsequently got fired. In fact, most deep learning models are loosely based on the brain’s inner workings. AI agents are increasingly endowed with human-like decision-making algorithms. The idea that machine intelligence could …

Over 170,000 Pirated Works Used to Train Meta’s LLama and Bloomberg AI Models

As AI subsidies continue to flow to big data giants, The Atlantic revealed that that Zadie Smith, Stephen King, Rachel Cusk and Elena Ferrante are among thousands of authors whose pirated works have been used to train artificial intelligence tools. According to an analysis of “Books3” – the dataset harnessed by the firms to build …

Google Bard: Data Theft and Human Bot-Slaves

Who knew that to “replace” one human for 5 minutes, AI would need to rob thousands of living humans of their data and IP and force dozens of other humans to produce text or code in matter of minutes. After all, aren’t humans supposed to tremble at the idea that AI can converse, write, and …