iPad Patents Considered Harmful April 12, 2010Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Source, User Interface.
This recent review of the iPad in the Globe and Mail hits the nail on the head:
The iPad isn’t so much a computer as a delivery device, and there’s only one supplier.
Which makes perfect business sense. But I don’t think that having a monopoly over content-delivery stimulates technological innovation.
The fundamental problem is that patented, proprietary technology can’t “evolve” (in the Darwinian sense). Because of patents, there can be no process of “variation” on the initial idea and no process of natural selection on the outcome. Instead, progress needs to be made with discontinuities.