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What were they thinking: Patents for Humanity

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antiquus
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antiquus   3/7/2012 2:46:45 PM
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P.S. for those that don't believe me: Dennis Ritchie or Steve Jobs -- which man better served humanity? http://www.deccanherald.com/blog/?p=220

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antiquus   3/7/2012 2:41:25 PM
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Your question about EDA participating in the program cuts to the heart of the matter. In my high school, if a person was not on the cheer leading squad, it was presumed that they had less "spirit". In the same way, technology companies will likely be banned-by-style from winning recognition such as this. Already one commentator above has tried to target a specific "corporate thing" that associates Synopsis with the spirit of this initiative, implicitly making a competitive score-card of who's-who. IMO, what Synopsis can best do for "humanity" is to develop a context-senstive text editor for working with Verilog, make vi/emacs go away, and simplify ASIC development for medical and communications improvement. But this highlights the esoteric nature of the PO's initiative -- things that help locally will never be considered "worthy contributions" to their greater vision.

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Duane Benson   3/6/2012 6:26:56 PM
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The open source movement is a good example of people today contributing to a cause without much thought for personal gain.

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krisi   3/6/2012 3:23:27 PM
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Probably very few Jonathan :-(...and many who would want NOT to patent have to because of the contractual employment obligations...Kris

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Jonathan Allen   3/6/2012 2:57:15 AM
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It is worth noting that when Dr. Jonas Salk invented his polio vaccine, he declined to seek a patent even though it might have made him rich. He wanted no obstacles to his invention helping humanity. Was Dr. Salk crazy, or are there still people in the world with motives other than greed?

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daleste   3/3/2012 1:53:41 AM
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This is great humor. The difference between patents by corporations (aimed at making money) and philanthropy (giving away money) is a great contrast. We’ll have to see if they reach the 1000 goal. I guess if you have a patent that might benefit mankind while lining your pockets, you should enter. I also like the lawyer in his undies.

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krisi   3/2/2012 6:13:07 PM
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I like your humor Brian, we need more of that...the link between Synopsys and saving the world is very weak although one could argue that the work they are doing on solar cell optimization contributes to human well being...Kris

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