Competition Law for the Digital Economy
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Competition Law for the Digital Economy

Edited by Björn Lundqvist and Michal S. Gal

The digital economy is gradually gaining traction through a variety of recent technological developments, including the introduction of the Internet of things, artificial intelligence and markets for data. This innovative book contains contributions from leading competition law scholars who map out and investigate the anti-competitive effects that are developing in the digital economy.
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Chapter 3: Competition at the dawn of artificial intelligence

Robin C. Feldman and Nick Thieme

Abstract

Although truly sentient machines are science fiction, AI experts believe society is on the verge of a technological tipping point. This transition may shortly resemble the shift from personal computing to the Internet – in which no aspect of our daily lives remains untouched. As we navigate this extraordinary gateway, what types of intellectual property policies will foster innovation and secure our lead in this revolution? At the heart of this issue lies the question of how to manage invention in which a computer participates, or even dominates, the inventive process. The question can be thought of as a matching problem, trying to connect the entity that invented a product, with the proper allocation of inventor rights. The aim of this matching problem is to incentivize innovation. This chapter examines each aspect of the matching equation, recommending a pathway for optimizing both innovation and competition.

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