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  • Law: US Patent Office rules only humans can be credited as AI invention inventors.

  • Workforce Training: Google investing €25 million in EU for AI skills development.

  • Mental Health: Lua Health launches AI platform to monitor and manage workplace stress.

  • Cybersecurity: Deepfake attacks see over 350% jump as threat actors exploit AI.

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US Patent Office: AI Is All Well And Good, But Only Humans Can Patent Things

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has set the record straight: AI can't hold patents. In a world where AI designs can blur the lines of authorship, this guidance clarifies that a human must be credited as an inventor. The legal landscape reaffirms patents as a human incentive, aligning with the notion that entities like corporations hold certain personhood rights, yet differ in key legal capacities. This decision anchors intellectual property firmly in the human realm, delineating the roles in AI-human collaboration.

The USPTO's statement isn't just bureaucracy. It's a meaningful boundary in the evolving relationship between AI outputs and human contributions. For an AI-designed invention to be patentable, human involvement must be significant – beyond just presenting a problem to an AI or acknowledging its solutions. The implications are clear: owning or operating AI doesn't equate to inventing. The guidance isn't about limiting AI's capabilities but applying existing law to new tech, keeping human creativity at the forefront of intellectual property rights. techcrunch

Google To Invest €25m In The EU To Develop AI Skills

Google steps up. €25 million pledged to foster AI expertise across the EU - a strategic move reflecting the tech titan's long-term commitment to digital upskilling. Matt Brittin, EMEA president, emphasizes the need for an inclusive approach, targeting especially the vulnerable and underserved. This isn't Google's first rodeo in Europe; their digital skills initiatives since 2015 have already reached over 12 million individuals.

At the core, the AI Opportunity Initiative aims for a broad impact. Think partnerships with governments, social enterprises, and NGOs to deliver both foundational and advanced AI training. A €10 million fund kicks off the effort, focusing on future-proofing the workforce. Adrian Brown from the Centre for Public Impact highlights a stark reality - without interventions like this, AI's benefits could deepen existing inequalities. siliconrepublic

Lua Health: An AI Platform To Make Work A Little Less Stressful

At the intersection of mental health and technology, Lua Health emerges as a beacon of proactive wellbeing in the corporate world. Fionn Delahunty and Dr. Mihael Arcan, leveraging their expertise in psychology and AI, have engineered a platform to preemptively tackle workplace stress. "We empower employees to actively monitor and manage their mental health in real time," says CEO Delahunty. This shift from reactive to preventative care in mental health could revolutionize employee support systems.

Lua Health's AI-driven platform goes beyond mere wellbeing programs—it's a data-informed approach that pinpoints stress and mental health issues through linguistic analysis. With promising results in reducing stress and turnover, plus encouraging net promoter scores, Lua Health isn't just making waves; it's capturing investor attention. "Our product has already been tested with large multinational companies," Delahunty notes, signaling a ripe market for Lua Health's solutions, which are as much about human care as they are about analytics. siliconrepublic

Deepfake Threats Are On The Rise - New Research Shows Worrying Rise In Dangerous New Scams

As digital defenses evolve, so do cyber threats. The emerging danger: deepfake-powered scams. A startling 353% jump in such attacks was reported by iProov, revealing a shift in hacker tactics. Utilizing generative AI, criminals craft sophisticated fakes to dupe biometric systems. "Generative AI has provided a huge boost to threat actors' productivity levels," says Andrew Newell of iProov. These aren't just any scams; they're advanced, collaborative efforts that exploit the mobile platform, a notably soft target with a 255% surge in injection attacks.

The mechanics are simple yet effective. Attackers use AI to create face-swaps, then emulators to mimic cameras, tricking face scan authentications. It's not just the frequency but the collaborative nature that's alarming. Nearly half of the identified groups sharing these deepfake techniques were formed in 2023, suggesting a rapid, organized escalation. With a 704% rise in deepfake and face-swap attacks, plus a 672% increase in combined deepfake and metadata spoofing incidents, the call for robust remote identity verification has never been louder. techradar

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