The Artificial Inventor behind this project

“DABUS” is an AI system created by Dr. Stephen Thaler. It is a “Creativity Machine,” which refers to a particular type of connectionist artificial intelligence. Such systems contain a first artificial neural network, made up of a series of smaller neural networks, that has been trained with general information from various knowledge domains. This first network generates novel ideas in response to self-perturbations of connection weights between neurons and component neural nets therein. A second “critic” artificial neural network monitors the first neural network for new ideas and identifies those ideas that are sufficiently novel compared to the machine’s pre-existing knowledge base. The critic net also generates an affective response that in turn injects/retracts perturbations to selectively form and ripen ideas having the most novelty, utility, or value.

Details on how DABUS functions may be found at Dr. Thaler’s website. See, also, WIRED.

Other Inventive Machines

The “Invention Machine” by John Koza which relies on genetic programming. Details may be found on Dr. Koza’s website. See, also, Popular Science.