An automated Prior Art generator for patentable ideas.
It's a freezer that connects to the web! It displays pornography and uses the Amazon API.
Now THAT is something the world needs.
After a couple of years of wanting this document, I finally felt up to writing "The Metaphor Rant".
The Metaphor Rant is a cogent argument that metaphors should rarely be used in a debate context, and should never be used in a domain that people do not clearly understand. I frequently find myself wanting to be able to link to this essay in online debate contexts, it's just that up until now, it didn't exist. Now it does.
I hope you find it stimulating.
From a Slashdot article.
You may remember the author Prof. Ed Felton from Felton v. RIAA.
Note to self: Read the pingback spec. Form opinion. [Scripting News]
I cry the cry of the academic: "Let no good thing go unsullied with theory!"
Jon Udell mixes Kurzweil's technological predictions and the current demands of the MPAA. If by 2020 we can port our brain to hardware (or at least augment it), it's likely the MPAA will yell and screem about eyeballs and ears providing an "analog hole" that lets anyone who "sees" a movie or "listens" to a song record the experience (and potentially share it). All jests aside, this is part of the reason I find hobbling of computers so offensive. At this point, my computer is an extension of my thinking processes (it's just poorly connected). [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
Another angle on the "Who owns your computer?" question. As computers get more capable, it is importent that they be considered just an extension of a human, like any other tool. This is the logical conclusion of that line of reasoning, but it holds before we get to "brain experience transfer".
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