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Humanity didn't see too much good from most of the research done in the last century. | 119 comments | Create New Account
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Too much R&D, not enough R - Nathan Myhrvold Will Not Apologize for Patent Trolling
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, June 18 2012 @ 04:16 AM EDT
Obviously patents didn't help, no?

Myhrvold would argue that this is because there wasn't a value on patents. He's quite specifically trying to change the world by buying patents he thinks are cheap and later licensing or selling them to the highest bidder. n

I do think it's interesting that Bell labs & co who were quite specifically trying to invent for money didn't come up with the idea of a patent market.

So the question is how to stimulate good research that seeks for a healthier life and clean nature regardless of patent system.

Partly agreed. Though I'm not sure that you can separate out that research so easily. My question was about all basic / fundamental research since I assume that you only find out later if it's worthwhile.

Humanity didn't see too much good from most of the research done in the last century.

True; and yet almost everything man made you see around you has been formed by the research of the 20th century. Einstein's quantum physics made the transistor possible. That made the IC possible which made the computer, the electronic washing machine and so on annd so forth possible. Einstein did get funding from patents, but not directly because of his research; only because he worked in a patent office.

Myhrvold himself even deals with this issue when he says that you have to make very many inventions for one of them to pay off.

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Humanity didn't see too much good from most of the research done in the last century.
Authored by: YurtGuppy on Monday, June 18 2012 @ 05:42 PM EDT
I don't understand that statement.

Are you saying that humanity of the last century
has not benefited from research?

Or maybe that only a minority of research actually
benefits humanity?? If that is the case, how would
beneficial research be separated from unbeneficial
research. And who would do so?

Is truth itself not beneficial, over the long run?




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