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Can AI invent?

Artificial intelligence systems are used for an increasing range of intellectual tasks, but can they invent, or will they be able to do so soon? A recent series of patent applications for two inventions that are claimed to have been made by an artificial intelligence program are bringing these questions to the fore.

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T.W. is supported by the Australian Research Council via a Laureate Fellowship FL200100204.

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George, A., Walsh, T. Can AI invent?. Nat Mach Intell 4, 1057–1060 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42256-022-00582-5

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