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BOOM IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PATENTS,POINTS TO ‘QUANTUM LEAP’ IN TECH:UN REPORT

Posted by ALPHA88 CHARITY | Jan 08, 2019

The “upsurge” in patent applications for devices and machines powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last five years, suggests that it could soon revolutionize all areas of daily life far beyond the tech world, a UN report suggested on Thursday.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Technology Trends report, 50 per cent of all patents for AI–the replication of human intelligence by machines for use in industries such as transport and healthcare, for instance–have been published since 2013, adding up to more than 170,000 different patented ideas.

This followed on from an initial boom in AI scientific publications, which began in 2001.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry told journalists in Geneva the surge in patenting was “striking”,noting that AI research began in the 1950s.“But there has been a quantum leap since about 2013, so we’re dealing with what is happening right now in a very fast-moving field,”he insisted.

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