Re: Fear of Life (was Microsoft, Automation)
Tue, 5 May 1998 20:05:18 -0500 (CDT)
At 10:51 5/4/98 -0700, you wrote:
>In a world without patents, 99% of new products would be small
>incremental improvements to existing products, with next to zero
>research costs involved. Those projects that /do/ require long
>research (if any--nature shows us that incremental improvement
>is sufficient to create extremely complex and powerful things)
>will probably be undertaken by industry consortia who contract
>with each other to share the risk and benefit of it.
Now you have given the world over to the industry consortiums who end up as
virtual monopolies. An individual has no hope of being able to bring a
revolutionary idea to life unless he sells his soul to the company store...
I am not willing to wait for 'evolution' to generate the products I will
need to survive in the next millennium. I want people to be able to make
leaps and bounds in creation, and benefit from their own efforts. I thought
we were supposed to improve on nature, not slavishly follow it..