A South African patent relating to a food container based on fractal geometry is questioned. The new finding involves interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp and stack. The device was found by an Artificial Intelligence system called DABUS.
DABUS is an Artificial Intelligence system created by Stephen Thaler, a pioneer in and programming. The system reproduces human brainstorming and creates new inventions. DABUS is a type of, often referred to as creativity machines because they are capable of independent and complex functioning. This differs from everyday Artificial Intelligence like Siri, the voice of Apple’s iPhones.
The patent application is listing DABUS as the inventor was filed in patent offices around the world, including the US, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. South Africa granted the patent. Due to this patent, South Africa’s decision has received widespread backlash from intellectual property experts.
However, as a patent and scholar whose Ph.D. aims to address the gaps in patent law created by Artificial Intelligence inventorship, I suggest that the decision is supported by the government’s policy environment in recent years. This has aimed to increase innovation and views technology as a way to achieve this.Creativity machines can process and critically analyze data, learning from it. This process is known as machine learning. Once the machine learning phase has occurred, the machine can autonomously create without human intervention.