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July 12, 2005

Artificial inventions in science fiction

IlliGAL Blogging links to worldchanging's coverage of a science fiction novel in which the protagonist has "patented using genetic algorithms to patent everything they can permutate from an initial description of a problem domain – not just a better mousetrap, but the set of all possible better mousetraps. Roughly a third of his inventions are legal, a third are illegal, and the remainder are legal but will become illegal as soon as the legislatosaurus wakes up, smells the coffee, and panics." I don't know how prominently these inventions figure in the novel, but it looks like an interesting read, and it captures quite nicely an issue that the law needs to address soon.

Posted by Robert at July 12, 2005 9:44 AM
category: Evolutionary Computation | Software Patents

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