Written By: Sachin Patel
The intersection of man and machine is a reoccurring theme in sci-fi films, but one may wonder if these stories are tales written to entice curious minds about the great unknown, or is it actually futuristic foreshadowing? Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a believer in the latter. Over the past few years Musk has discussed the idea of humans “merging” with machines in the near future as a way to ensure that humans are not rendered obsolete. Unlike the creative minds of Hollywood whose scientific feat stops at their pen, Musk has been devising ways to make his idea reality. To do this, Musk plans to use a “neural lace” which integrates AI in the human brain. This would allow users to communicate their thoughts to computers at incredibly fast speeds. If this can in fact be achieved, it would lead humans farther along the spectrum of innovation and advancement to a place where we can compete with AI on a more leveled plane. Continue Reading
Written By: Jennifer V. Nguyen
In 2015, ProPublica, an independent newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public’s interest, published an article regarding TV manufacturer Vizio’s data collecting practices.  The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) brought a suit against Vizio, which settled last week (February 6, 2017) for $3.7 million ($1.5 to the FTC and $2.2 million to New Jersey).  Continue Reading
Written By: Charles Cheng
Is this just another ordinary patent dispute? Time will tell. A high profile patent dispute between the University of California, Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has just concluded a year-long proceeding called interference proceeding at US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). On February 15, 2017, PTAB announced its decision after both parties presented their oral arguments before a three-judge panel in December 2016. The proceeding was to determine which party has actually “invented” a gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9. Continue Reading
Written By: Fletcher Alford
Podcasting has become a lucrative business. The increasing popularity of podcasts has in its wake advanced an army of patent trolls. Comedian and acclaimed podcaster, Adam Carolla recently commented, during a patent lawsuit, that these trolls “Make a business of buying technology that they didn’t create and then find ways to sue to extract money.” Many in the podcasting industry will likely agree. Consider the source: In the podcasting world, Adam Carolla is a pioneer. He began his first podcast in February, 2009 and shot to the number 1 spot on iTunes by the third episode. From March, 2009 to March, 2011, Adam’s podcast received nearly sixty million unique downloads, and won a Guinness World Record for the most downloaded podcast ever. Even with such verified success though, not everyone was a fan.