Tag Archives: technology

Hollywood vs Silicon Valley – who will win?

The conflict between Hollywood and Silicon Valley is, at a deeper level, one between Content and Function, which I think Function will win. But there’s more: Content is also struggling, because there is simply too much of it. The combination of a data flood of biblical proportions with exploding possibility of function, will drown any Read more …

The SOPA discussion in a larger context

Technology is breaking down the distinction between Content and Function. This has a profound effect on Business Models based on IP rights. The SOPA discussion is a good example of the fight between Function and Content – which IP right will win?    What is Content, what is Function? Content is the stuff you access Read more …

Four reasons to take the driver out of the car

At TEDx Brussels recently, Paul Rojas made a presentation (you can see it here) about  a car driven by a computer. The project has been very successful; from a technology point of view, a human driver is, today, no longer necessary. That got me thinking – would it be a good idea to abolish human Read more …

A solution to patent warfare (and trolls)

Intellectual Property Rights (“IPRs”) are hot in the media these days. Headlines about patent trolls, the great patent bubble, patent warfare, pirate parties and the broken patent system appear almost daily. This is good, because there are obvious problems with our IPR system. It seems that most observers are agreeing that the current IPR system risks Read more …

Requirements of a new copyright system.

As I explained in my previous post, the current copyright system is highly  dysfunctional. It doesn’t even come close to achieving its twin goals of promoting and protecting creativity. The main reason is that its underlying principles reflect a 19th century reality, rather than a 21st century one. In this post, I will take a Read more …

End of the App story?

Do you know Pokki? Neither did I, until I read about in the FT. Apparently, Pokki allows developers to create software as Apps, using HTML5 (the next generation of website/internet development language). The really interesting bit in the blog was this: through use of this new technology, anyone could develop any App for the Apple Read more …

Can you “own” virtual money?

Know BitCoin? It’s a weird peer-to-peer internet payment system. Why is it weird? For two reasons: the first is that no one controls it or formally issues the currency. The money is used (and created) by operation of algorithms, through a peer-to-peer network (like BitTorrent). The second reason is that the creation of this currency Read more …

So who owns data?

Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) can help us to protect (“own”) new technology and innovation. It’s not really ownership in the same way as ownership of physical goods, but IPRs do give their holders exclusive rights. All fine and dandy, but there’s also tremendous value in data. So what about data? Who owns them? Is it Read more …