South Africa Grants a Patent Listing to Artificial Intelligence System as The Inventor

South Africa Grants a Patent Listing to Artificial Intelligence System as The Inventor

  • In what is being recognised as a world first, an artificial intelligence system has been granted a patent listing by South Africa
  • The system, called DABUS, listed a patent for an interconnecting food container that allows robots to easily grab and stack containers
  • DABUS is an AI system that creates new inventions by mimicking brainstorming functions that are unique to humans

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South Africa has granted a patent for food containers based on fractal geometry. The invention is for interconnecting food containers that are easy for robots to grab and stack.

According to Quartz Africa, this new development is a world first and is not a mundane achievement for South Africa.

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DABUS is the first artificial intelligence to be granted a patent as an inventor by South Africa in a global sphere. Image: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
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What makes the invention even more spectacular is that it was invented by an artificial intelligence system called DABUS.

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Stephen Thaler, a pioneer in the field of AI and programming, designed DABUS, which stands for "device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience," according to MoneyWeb. The DABUS system produces new inventions by replicating human brainstorming.

This type of AI works independently and is also capable of complex functioning, unlike AI systems found in cellphones such as Siri.

The patent application, with DABUS listed as the inventor, was filed at patent offices all over the globe, including the United States, Europe, Australia and South Africa. South Africa was the first country to grant the patent and was later followed by Australia a few days later.

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17-Year-old Kavya Kaushik from Bryanston High School and 15-year-old Catherine Kies from Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof were both selected to flex their scientific know-how. Kaushik developed a machine learning model that accurately detects and classifies cardiac arrhythmia beats.

This is a critical field of research in artificial intelligence that will assist healthcare workers with making a quick and accurate diagnosis of the type of cardiac arrhythmia.

Kies developed a hand prosthesis that is operated via the myoelectric impulses from a person’s arm. This entails moving one’s arm and the exact movement is replicated by a mechanical claw. Kies used various methods and materials to develop the hand prosthesis with remarkable accuracy.

The 15-year-old has contributed to a growing body of research on prosthesis control using muscle impulses.

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Lebogang Mashego (Current Affairs HOD) Lebogang Mashego runs the Current Affairs desk. She joined the Briefly News team in 2021. She has 6 years of experience in the journalism field. Her journalism career started while studying at Rhodes University, where she worked for the Oppidan Press for 3 years. She worked as a lifestyle writer and editor at W24 and Opera News. She graduated with a BA degree majoring in Journalism and Media Studies in 2017. She's a recipient of the INMA Elevate Scholarship. Email:

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