Two systems working together
The terms ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘automation’ are often used interchangeably. They’re generally shorthand for ‘robots’ and other machines that allow us to operate more efficiently and effectively — whether it’s a mechanical construct piecing together a car, or not perishing in a fire because the smoke alarm went off.
But there are some pretty big differences between automated systems and AI machines:
- Automation is software that follows pre-programmed “rules.”
- Artificial intelligence is designed to simulate human thinking.
What drives both automated systems and AI is the same thing that drives businesses: Data. What happens when we apply the principles together to increase workflow, reduce roadblocks, and prioritize speed-to-market? You have a Technology Vitality Report.
A brief history of AI
The idea of inanimate objects coming to life as intelligent beings has been around for a long time, dating back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
However, the beginnings of modern AI can be traced to classical philosophers’ attempts to describe human thinking as a symbolic system. But the field of AI wasn’t formally founded until 1956, at a conference at Dartmouth College where the term “artificial intelligence” was coined. After a period of dormancy, the field was revived in the 1980s when the British government started funding it again, in part to compete with efforts by the Japanese.
During the 1990s and 2000s, many of the landmark goals of artificial intelligence had been achieved. We now live in the age of “big data,” in which we have the capacity to collect huge sums of information too cumbersome for a single person to process. The application of artificial intelligence in this regard has already been quite fruitful in several industries such as technology, banking, marketing, and entertainment.
The impact of AI and automation on the IP industry
Automation has a single purpose: To let machines perform repetitive, monotonous tasks. This frees up time for humans to focus on more important tasks that require a personal touch. The result is a more efficient, cost-effective business and a more productive workforce.
In intellectual property, the introduction of automated “docketing systems” as central resources for managing task assignments, deadlines, and other case-related information emerged. Embracing advanced workflow technology is key to their success. Workflow solutions can deliver rapid returns on investment because they improve resource utilization, work-cycle times and quality-control costs. In addition to the efficiency and cost benefits, workflow solutions also benefit users by improving the visibility of and confidence in the work process.
Which sounds like what AI is for, right?
That’s the whole point of AI: To create technologies that ably mimic what a human can say, think and do. It’s designed to constantly seek patterns (like humans), learn from experience (like humans) and self-select the appropriate responses in situations based on that (like humans).
Essentially, automated machines collate data; AI systems ‘understand’ it.
Where does IP.com fit in?
What we’re actually dealing with here isn’t a simple replica of me or you. It’s about creating a system that’s more powerful than you could possibly imagine. An AI automated solution that can perform tasks that save time, free up resources and increase productivity is what IP.com has developed.
Our Technology Vitality Report (TVR) utilizes our proprietary AI-engine, Semantic Gist. The new AI technology and methodology behind the TVR enables teams to ‘rank’ ideas in a fast, efficient and transparent way, to accelerate the decision-making process. But we’ve automated the process to increase efficiency.
The result is a process that fast-tracks novel ideas and returns those that need further exploration to the inventor. Our automated system enables completely private and secure batch uploading of invention disclosures into an internal docketing system or exported.
This solution prioritizes your inventions, streamlines workflows, and helps secure priority dates in a fast-moving, first-to-file world, keeping you ahead of the competition.
- Accelerate Innovation
- Protect Key Technologies
- Get to Market Faster
The combination of AI and automation: Two very different systems that perfectly complement each other to drive innovation forward, faster.
This is just the beginning.