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45% of the EU's total economic activity is attributable to the intellectual property industry worth EUR 6.6 trillion in Patents, Trade Marks, Industrial Design and Copyright. (25 September 2019, EUIPO)

We have collected in these pages a set of articles and news from around the world on the topic of Intellectual Property and Copyright, selected and verified by our Press Office.

 OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Memory,

OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Memory,

2024-02-27 Wired
'Memory' is the latest addition devised by OpenAi for ChatGPT, its artificial intelligence, which is now almost synonymous with the term itself. From now on, the service mentioned will have an added function: it will keep a memory of who the user is, how they work and what they like. The idea of a permanent memory, wi...
 US patent office confirms AI can’t hold patents.

US patent office confirms AI can’t hold patents.

2024-02-26 The Verge
Artificial intelligence is, no doubt, an extremely valuable tool in human hands - but its role ends within this definition: it is a mere tool, nothing more. As such, it rightly cannot be a patent holder of any kind, just as it cannot be a copyright holder. Recently, the US patent office confirmed this clarification, e...
 Airbnb plans to use AI, including its GamePlanner acquisition, to create the ‘ultimate concierge’.

Airbnb plans to use AI, including its GamePlanner acquisition, to create the ‘ultimate concierge’.

2024-02-23 TechCrunch
During November, the giant Airbnb acquired Gameplanner.IA, an artificial intelligence company created by the co-founder of Siri. Following this purchase, CEO Brian Chesky recently mentioned Airbnb's plans for the future, emphasising its intentions to focus on the application of AI within the company. The goal is to bu...

"AI Girlfriends" are a privacy nightmare.

2024-02-22 Wired
The Valentine's Day period may be particularly heavy for those who suffer from the lack of a sweetheart, but this does not mean that devoting one's emotional energies to an AI partner is a valid option. Artificial intelligence-controlled chatbots have proven to be quite harmful over and over again in the past - the sit...
 Zuckerberg Boasts He Will Be AI God King: We Already Gave Him All Our Data.

Zuckerberg Boasts He Will Be AI God King: We Already Gave Him All Our Data.

2024-02-21 Motherboard - Vice
Meta seems to be in a time of considerable prosperity after a significantreduction in costs and an increase in advertising on its platforms. In fact, Zuckerberg recently announced that the company's profits have tripled over the previous year. The CEO had already mentioned months ago his intention to enter the world o...
 Those free USB sticks in your drawer are somehow crappier than you thought.

Those free USB sticks in your drawer are somehow crappier than you thought.

2024-02-20 ArsTechnica
The universe of technology is developing faster and faster, leaving behind those unwilling (or reluctant) to follow the wave of innovation. Nowadays, however, it is indisputable that the majority of an individual's life is, in one way or another, stored on electronic devices. Recent years have seen an increase in tech...
 AI-generated fake IDs claimed to pass crypto exchange KYC are selling for $15.

AI-generated fake IDs claimed to pass crypto exchange KYC are selling for $15.

2024-02-19 Coin Telegraph
Where deepfake technology is not needed, there is always artificial intelligence ready to help fraudsters and criminals. Recently, the site 'Onlyfake' came under the spotlight of the online world: for 15 dollars, it is now possible to generate identity documents that are so plausible that they pass the controls of the ...
Why Italy's most advanced predictive policing start-up is on the brink of collapse.

Why Italy's most advanced predictive policing start-up is on the brink of collapse.

2024-02-16 Wired
The term 'predictive policing' refers to algorithms based on artificial intelligence, aimed at identifying in advance how a possible crime will unfold: who will commit it, where and when. This kind of technology began to develop as early as the first decade of the 2000s, peaking around 2017. Now, in 2024, Italy's most ...
AI poison is a success, 250,000 downloads in five days.

AI poison is a success, 250,000 downloads in five days.

2024-02-15 Tom's Hardware
Only a few days after the release of the 'Nightshade' software, its creator announces that it has already achieved more than 250,000 downloads. Ben Zhao, a professor of computer science at the University of Chicago, worked together with a team of researchers at the institute to create what is, to all intents and purpos...
 UK banks prepare for deepfake fraud wave.

UK banks prepare for deepfake fraud wave.

2024-02-14 Financial Times
Financial scams, or attempts at them, have always existed. The promise of money obtained free of charge would appeal to most people, the difference being in how one decides to act: there are those who dream of winning the lottery and those who decide to devote themselves to the art of fraud. Deepfake technology has ex...
 ‘Everyone looked real’: multinational firm’s Hong Kong office loses HK$200 million after scammers stage deepfake video meeting.

‘Everyone looked real’: multinational firm’s Hong Kong office loses HK$200 million after scammers stage deepfake video meeting.

2024-02-13 South China Morning Post
Deepfake technology is reaping victims in various fields: whether it is revenge porn and celebrity or large-scale scams, these artificially generated videos seem to be the most valuable resource for any fraudster. Having the ability to create ad-hoc videos, using the face and voice of unsuspecting victims, is proving i...
Universal removes its songs from TikTok.

Universal removes its songs from TikTok.

2024-02-12 RSI
As of 31 January, a large part of the music universe on Tiktok seems to have almost entirely disappeared. Universal Music Group (UMG) had already announced during the last weeks of January its intention to withdraw its sound content from the application. Following negotiations regarding the appropriate compensation fo...
 Meta used copyright to protect its AI model, but argues against the law for everyone else.

Meta used copyright to protect its AI model, but argues against the law for everyone else.

2024-02-09 Business Insider
The interest of Meta, the company behind Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, in artificial intelligence is not exactly new. In an attempt to achieve OpenAI's fame, the company has invested with peculiar constancy in various projects dedicated to the artificial generation environment over the past year. Recently, Meta st...
 Elon Musk says Neuralink has implanted its first brain chip in a human being.

Elon Musk says Neuralink has implanted its first brain chip in a human being.

2024-02-08 The Guardian
Elon Musk, the American entrepreneur who is increasingly talked about these days, seems to have become something of a figurehead when it comes to controversial strategic moves. After giving a new face to the famous social network 'Twitter' and implementing more and more extremely sensitive functions within the Tesla sy...
 An AI-Generated Content Empire Is Spreading Fake Celebrity Images on Google.

An AI-Generated Content Empire Is Spreading Fake Celebrity Images on Google.

2024-02-07 Motherboard - Vice
Recently, Fandomwire published a post on X (Twitter) dedicated to the actor who will play the role of Kang The Conqueror in the next Marvel film. The post, now deleted, explained that Jonathan Majors, the actor previously chosen for the part, will be replaced by John David Washington. Apparently, this post seems like a...
 Taylor Swift Is Living Every Woman’s AI Porn Nightmare.

Taylor Swift Is Living Every Woman’s AI Porn Nightmare.

2024-02-06 Motherboard - Vice
As predicted in the past, deepfake technology is currently being used as the main means of generating pornographic videos, whether caused by revenge-porn or personal perversion. The famous American singer Taylor Swift recently became a victim of this trend: her face was used for a pornographic video made via deepfake....