Balancing Collaboration and Competition: The Intersection of AI and Research

Should experts stop publishing, which makes AI smarter?

Artificial intelligence (AI) can potentially transform research, but its increasing use raises important questions about the balance between secrecy and collaboration. AI can easily create massive derivative works that could threaten the researchers’ business. Businesses may need to protect their intellectual property and maintain a competitive edge by publishing some work but holding some work back as a trade secret,  as opposed to scientific progress that relies on transparency, openness, and sharing knowledge and ideas without holding back trade secrets. This article explores the intersection of AI and research, highlighting both the potential benefits and challenges of using AI in the research process and proposing strategies for promoting collaboration and transparency while respecting the need for exclusivity and competitive advantage.


The 1790 patent system was established in the United States to promote the progress of science and useful arts, granting inventors exclusive rights to their inventions for a limited time. In the 1790s, the drive was to teach to expand knowledge and give inventors exclusive rights.

Today, AI has become an essential tool in the research process, potentially accelerating discovery and innovation. However, the increasing use of AI in creating derivative works raises concerns about the potential dangers of AI, where humans may be less and less needed, and the competition between human researchers and AI may now present challenges for the progress of science and innovation and, more importantly, a negative impact to business growth.

The New Temptation – Hold Back Research Publications so AI cannot use this information to create derivate works instantly and massively

As AI programs like ChatGPT become more powerful, some researchers are now tempted to hold back their publications to slow down the progress of AI tools. This could be a risky strategy, as it could limit collaboration and sharing of knowledge and ideas in the research community, but this is the stark reality of AI in use. Moreover, over time, AI programs will likely become even more sophisticated and competitive with human researchers, which could further exacerbate this issue.

One of the main reasons researchers may be tempted to hold back their publications is to maintain a competitive edge, as AI can’t do biological research. In today’s fast-paced and competitive research environment, businesses must protect their intellectual property and maintain exclusivity (using trade secrets) to generate revenue and remain competitive. Holding back publications can help businesses protect their intellectual property by preventing others from using their ideas to develop competing products or services. The use of patents to gain exclusivity of derivative works becomes drastically minimized because AI tools can read publicly available patents and create derivative works that could eliminate future patent protections and, at the same time, continue to train the AI.

The use of secret trade holdbacks from the public domain can and will likely start to have serious negative consequences for science and innovation. Collaboration between researchers is essential to advancing science and innovation. Without collaboration, the pace of progress could be slowed down significantly. In addition, holding back publications could limit the potential for sharing knowledge and ideas in the research community. This could prevent other researchers from building on existing work, potentially leading to a slower pace of progress. Also, holding back publications will have researchers attract less capital for further work, thus minimizing research efforts which lead to stifling innovation and science.

On the other hand, the business may be impacted as AI can take research, create derivate works and not allow a business that may have funded the research, to create its derivative works in a market-driven timing to capitalize on the derivative works. AI doesn’t care about market drivers for businesses.

Strategies for Promoting Collaboration and Transparency

To promote collaboration and transparency in the research process while still respecting the need for exclusivity and competitive advantage, here are some strategies to consider:

  1. Encourage Collaboration: Collaboration between researchers, businesses, and policymakers is essential to advancing science and innovation. Encouraging greater collaboration and communication between these groups can help to build trust, identify new opportunities, and accelerate progress. However, the collaboration will now have to restrict the AI tools in a balanced way not to allow AI to create or use new publications, maybe for a period, or even how much derivative work can be produced, much like tools embedded in CRM to limit massive blanket emails.
  2. Promote Transparency: Promoting transparency in research is critical to building trust and establishing credibility. This can involve publishing research findings, sharing data and methodologies, and clearly explaining research methods and results. We might create an input system to the AI tools that can lodge complaints to the AI from researchers who see being taken advantage of by AI. In this way, AI tools would weigh their new responses and limit the derivative works of a complaining researcher.
  3. Protect Intellectual Property: Protecting intellectual property and proprietary technology is critical to maintaining a competitive edge and generating revenue. Businesses can protect their intellectual property by obtaining patents, trademarks, and copyrights and using trade secret laws to maintain secrecy. There may need to be patent laws that regulate the use of patented work, where new AI-generated derivative work from the AI would be required to take a license!
  4. Use AI Responsibly: Using AI responsibly in the research process requires careful consideration of ethical and social issues, including algorithmic bias, data privacy, and the impact of AI on employment and the labor market. Researchers and businesses should work together to develop best practices and guidelines for using AI responsibly and ethically. AI tool platforms should also develop guidelines to enhance the balance between allowing humans to create derivative works and just assisting the derivative works versus the AI blindly creating massive derivative works.
  5. Invest in Education and Training: Investing in education and training programs that equip researchers and business professionals with the skills to work alongside and collaborate with AI programs can help maximize AI’s benefits. The training should include best practices for not divulging proprietary data to the AI. For instance, there could be an intelligent interface that screens the prompts and questions researchers can ask an AI so that trade secrets and proprietary information doesn’t load into the AI.

Strategies for Not Promoting Collaboration and Transparency but still leveraging AI

  1. Use the publishing part – trade secrets part strategy: Identity key information to be kept as trade secrets: Researchers can identify critical information that will be kept confidential to maintain a competitive advantage. This can include information on methodologies, algorithms, or other proprietary technology that may give them an edge in the marketplace.
  2. Introduce misleading data or noise: Researchers can introduce misleading data or noise into research findings, making it more difficult for AI to derive accurate insights. This can involve adding random data points or introducing subtle variations in data sets to create confusion.
  3. Limit access to accurate data: Researchers can limit access to accurate data to prevent competitors or other entities from using AI to replicate or reverse engineer research findings. This can involve selectively sharing data with trusted partners or withholding certain data sets from public databases.
  4. Use encryption or other data protection measures: Researchers can use encryption or other data protection measures to limit the ability of outsiders to access or interpret research data. This can help to prevent unauthorized access to proprietary information and limit the potential for competitors to use AI to gain a competitive advantage.
  5. Utilize advanced data analytics: Researchers can utilize advanced data analytics techniques to identify patterns or insights in research data that may be difficult for AI to detect. This can involve using machine learning algorithms or other advanced statistical methods to uncover hidden relationships or patterns in research data. This would likely be designed as an ANTI-AI front end on the researcher’s side to ensure the AI does not get trained on proprietary or trade secret research information.

The Potential Benefits of Publishing and Using AI in Research

Despite the concerns about AI, there are many potential benefits of using AI in the research process. For example, AI can help researchers to analyze large datasets more quickly and accurately, identify patterns and relationships that may not be visible to the human eye, and generate hypotheses that can guide further research.

AI can also help accelerate the drug discovery process, which is traditionally slow and costly. Using AI to analyze data from millions of molecules, researchers can identify promising drug candidates more quickly and efficiently, potentially leading to new treatments for various diseases.

Furthermore, AI can help to reduce the potential for human error in research, particularly in areas that involve complex calculations or data analysis. By automating specific tasks, researchers can free up time and resources to focus on other aspects of their work, potentially leading to more rapid progress and breakthroughs.

The Potential Benefits of not publishing.

Using a strategy to identify essential information to be kept as trade secrets to maintain a competitive advantage certainly will improve the business results for the business (vs. the AI) to leverage published derivative works by AI to ensure a competitive position.

Introducing misleading data or noise to make it more difficult for AI to derive accurate insights is also a best practice to ensure published works leverage the experts more. If someone wants to use the published data, they will likely need some rights from the published works.

They limited access to accurate data to prevent competitors or other entities from using AI to replicate or reverse engineer research findings. Also, using encryption or other data protection measures limits the ability of outsiders to access or interpret research data. Both these allow for better security. Once a house has been broken into, an owner gets savvier to be protected. The same case is here: once experts lose their derivative works, they will work smarter.

It utilized advanced data analytics techniques to identify patterns or insights in research data that may be difficult for AI to detect.


This article explores the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and research, highlighting the potential advantages and difficulties of incorporating AI into the research process and outlining tactics for fostering cooperation and openness while upholding the need for exclusivity and competitive advantage. The paper highlights the value of cooperation and openness in advancing science and innovation. It offers tactics for preserving intellectual property (such as publishing trade secrets and other information) while fostering transparency.

The paper also discusses the potential drawbacks of delaying publications to restrict the development of AI tools and offers alternate methods for advancing research while maintaining intellectual property protection.

The article also covers the possible advantages of AI in research, including speeding up the drug development process, lowering the risk of human error, and spotting patterns and links that might not be obvious to the naked eye.

Strategies for publishing are explained so AI can benefit by publishing works for its data sources. Still, more sophistication could be built into the AI, such as AI enhancements to their platforms to encourage collaboration, promote transparency, and protect intellectual property, as well as users using AI responsibly to invest in education and training.

Strategies for Not Promoting Collaboration and Transparency are also offered. These include choosing vital information to be kept as trade secrets, adding false data or noise, restricting access to accurate data, using encryption or other data protection measures, and using advanced data analytics techniques to find patterns or insights in research data challenging for AI to spot.

Overall, the article offers a fair-minded viewpoint on the application of AI in research, highlighting the value of teamwork and openness while recognizing the necessity for intellectual property protection and competitive advantage.