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Can Artificial Intelligent Software Creating a Fictional Work Legitimately Copyright That Work?

As the coordinator for a think tank which happens to operate online, I hear all sorts of ideas about futuristic concepts and innovations. One of my favorite topics is that of artificial intelligence. It seems that ever since IBM’s “Watson” supercomputer won the Jeopardy Game against the all time best human winners, folks have been taking artificial intelligence a little more seriously. And they should because it’s come a long way. Now let me tell you what’s happening on the artificially intelligent software front.

There are some folks who are working on putting together an AI computer that can create fictional novels, so good, that you won’t be able to tell they were created by a computer. How does it work you ask? Well, the AI computer has loaded in all the potential character names, as well as all put genres, plots, stories, and fictional works available anywhere online. Then it takes bits and pieces using derivative software changing around sentences borrowing a phrase here and/or a phrase there remixing it all and coming up with a new story.

It is estimated that once this AI computer software is completed that a supercomputer can create a fictional novel and under a minute. And it can create unlimited variations and combinations. Meaning that once it is done being programmed and it will be able to produce as many novels, as have ever been created in the history of mankind within a very short time. Now mind you there will be several of these super computers running the same program. And I assume that when each one of these novels is completed, it will be saved and the computer will claim it’s copyright.

But in this case we have a legal issue, who owns the copyright, it was created by an artificially intelligent computer not a human, so does the computer own the copyright? Does the owner of the computer own the copyright? After all, a copyright is claimed when someone (or something?) puts a “c” with a little circle around. In other words currently the copyrights are owned by the families of deceased, universities, and authors who are still living. But in one fell swoop this (or these) AI computer will own as many fictional stories, as have ever been created in human history.

Now then, I would say that’s a game changer in the copyright venue. Indeed I would also say that this causes a huge dilemma for copyright law. We are in a new age of creativity and with creative geniuses which is not human. It is my hope that you can handle this concept and think on it. If this topic interests you, as much as it does me as both a writer and a think tank coordinator, why not send me an e-mail and we can discuss it.

Source by Lance Winslow