Artificial Intelligence and Ownership

Doghouse – AI

Article from Issue 266/2023

If an artificial intelligence produces something new, who owns the new creation?

Some free software people do not believe in intellectual property and copyrights. I am not one of them. I do believe that people have the right to say what happens to their ideas and work, whether those are licensed as free and open source or whether they are closed and proprietary.

As such, I do not "spit on" people who decide to close their code and sell it, but I do believe that the best way of producing code for the end user is the free software model, which gives the end user the ability to maintain their system for as long as it is feasible.

Recently there have been more and more people asking me about the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on the programming job market. They ask me if I think that AI will take over and put programmers out of work. My answer might not be popular, but if you take AI to its ultimate end, the answer must be "yes."


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