IP Goes Pop! – I, Chatbot: When Artificial Intelligence Talks Back

In the latest episode of IP Goes Pop!, co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue dive into the first part of a series on the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on, not only the world, but copyright, trademarks and patents. They examine examples of AI in pop culture, and how they reflect the broader trends and concerns surrounding AI in our society.

Artificial intelligence (whether tied to robots or otherwise) has always been a popular trope in movies, television shows, and books, from Isaac Asimov’s “I Robot” seminal book series, to the classic “Terminator” movies, to the more recent “Ex Machina” and “M3GAN”. Rapid advancements in technology have now enabled AI to become part of our daily lives which raises not only important legal questions, but also ethical considerations for humans when developing AI technologies. As this technology continues to advance, it is becoming clear that it has the potential to automate many of the tasks that are currently performed by humans across a wide range of industries. This means that certain jobs, particularly those that involve routine or repetitive tasks, may be at risk of being automated in the coming years.

Michael and Joe are joined by fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder and IP attorney, Jay Halt, to help navigate the complex landscape surrounding AI. Specifically, they examine the role of ChatGPT, an advanced AI model developed by OpenAI, and its potential impact on intellectual property, industry, and human-machine interfacing.

With its ability to generate human-like text, ChatGPT raises important questions about copyright ownership and the potential for copyright infringement. One of the significant questions that arise is who owns the authorship of works created by AI systems. For example, if an AI system generates lines of code or writes a novel, who holds the copyright? Is it the person or company that created the model, the user who inputs the prompt, or the AI model itself? This issue is even more complicated when considering the ownership of data sets that the AI is trained on or the ownership of inputs given to AI systems.

This episode offers insights into the latest developments and provides thought-provoking analysis on what it all means for the future of AI, humanity, and the law. In addition to the IP implications, the panel explores the broader influence of AI on the future of work and the economy, as well as the importance of staying informed about the rapidly evolving AI landscape. So, tune in to learn more about the legal and social implications of AI and its impact on intellectual property. This entertaining and thought-provoking discussion will leave listeners with a deeper appreciation of these complex issues.


2:30 – Setting the Table – Pop Culture History of AI

7:17 AI Chat Bots

  • What is an AI chat bot?
  • When and how are humans involved?
  • What is it like to use an AI chatbots?

12:29 ChatGPT (3 & 4)

  • How does it compare to other chatbots?
  • OpenAI
  • Creativity in AI

15:12 Legal Landscape of AI Chatbots

  • Can ChatGPT be your lawyer?
  • Implications of “continuous learning” algorithms

19:01 What guardrails are in place to control AI systems?

  • Digital Pandora’s Box
  • Question of paper clip maximizer
  • Chatbots and calculators

22:47 Inventorship & Authorship – Who owns the AI outputs?

28:00 Network effect of AI

  • Has the gate been left open?
  • Future of work

30:04 Final thoughts

  • Pros and cons of AI
  • “Adapt or die”
  • Picking a side (robots v. humans)


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