It's perverse that the first thing that is done when someone supposedly opens up a new realm of opportunities is to appoint them as the gatekeeper to that realm, especially when several other people probably also opened up that realm independently, various others were obviously involved in helping the "inventor" over the line of discovery, and where the system through its own inefficiency even seems to allow multiple gatekeepers who all want to extort an entry fee. (And this doesn't even touch upon speculative claims to things which can't yet be done and where someone is just sticking an "I thought of this first" note on it because they don't really know how it can be done, either.)
The patent system just lets people hold society to ransom: it's the opposite extreme to the person who refuses to disclose how they did something and who takes that knowledge to the grave. We need to find (or rediscover) other incentives that help society to progress as rapidly as possible without needless duplication of effort and without needlessly obstructing access to humanity's shared knowledge.
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