5 things you need to know about AI this month

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Monitors social media channels and reports public sentiment back to the government in real-time. The Guardian quoted a Romanian government statement on the project, saying, Ion “will use technology and artificial intelligence to capture opinions in society” using “data publicly available on social networks”.

1. Romanian Prime Minister has an AI adviser to monitor public opinion
Romania’s Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă has revealed he has an AI adviser to tell him what’s on the minds of the people of his country. Ciuca demonstrated the device, known as Ion, to his cabinet on 1 March, according to The Guardian. The Euronews TV channel also reported the Prime Minister’s demonstration.
2. AI-created images lose US copyright protection
Images in a graphic novel that were created using the AI system Midjourney should not have been granted copyright protection, the US Copyright Office has ruled.Zarya of the Dawn author Kristina Kashtanova is entitled to a copyright for the parts of the book she wrote and arranged but not for the images produced by Midjourney, the office said in a letter to a lawyer representing the author.

3. This AI predicts lung cancer risk years in advance
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are using AI to predict the risk of lung cancer up to six years in advance. The MIT team built a deep learning model that analyzes CT scans.
4. AI trial to raise the number of organ transplants
Transplant surgeons who make life-and-death decisions could soon be assisted by AI that can help them assess the quality of donor organs. A report in The Guardian
says the system could lead to 300 more operations every year.The AI assigns a viability score to newly available donor organs by comparing them with images of tens of thousands of organs used in previous transplants.
5. Can inventions created by AI be patented? This is what the UK’s top court thinks
In a landmark case about whether AI can own patent rights, an American computer scientist asked the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court to rule that he is entitled to patents over inventions created by his artificial intelligence system.Stephen Thaler wanted to be granted two patents in the UK over inventions he says were devised by his “creativity machine” called DABUS. Thaler’s lawyer argued that his client is “entitled to the rights of the DABUS inventions” because there is no requirement under UK patent law that an invention “must have a human inventor to be patentable”.

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