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The problem is ... all innovation is moving in the direction of software innovation.

For any given field, it is simply much easier to have a single, general purpose machine into which special instructions for special circumstances are programmed. You can see everything from 3-d metal printers to synthetic genetic computers on the horizon. Software will fuel all of these.

So if any future patent system is going to be a software patent system. And we've seen how evil software patents are.

There isn't an easy middle ground.

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