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                       Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #76       Copyright 1998 Bridge Communications    September 15, 1998
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
                         On the Web: http://netfuture.org
         You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes.
    
    
    CONTENTS
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    Quotes and Provocations
       I'll See You in Court
       Is E-trash Necessary for a Good Education?
       Can We Sing through Email?
       America Screws Up
    
    DEPARTMENTS
    
    Tech Knowledge Revue (Langdon Winner)
       The Real Millennium Bug
    
    Correspondence
       In Search of Reality (Gary Davis)
       Mixed Reactions to Participative Knowing (Stephen Keith Sagarin)
       Multitasking, or Attention Deficit Disorder? (John Thienes)
       On the Importance of Our Powers of Attention (Gavin Ferriby)
    
    Announcements and Resources
       Physicians and Scientists against Genetically Engineered Food
    
    Who Said That?
    
    About this newsletter
    
    
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                             QUOTES AND PROVOCATIONS
    
    
    I'll See You in Court
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    Given the movement toward patenting facts, databases, programs, and
    genetic code -- what I will call "informational structures" -- I've
    decided it is time for radical action.  I'm patenting that particular
    informational structure known as the syllogism.  Oh, I know:  syllogisms
    have been kicking around in the public domain for a couple of millennia,
    thanks to Aristotle.  But I don't mean the syllogism in general.  What I'm
    patenting is a special and truly innovative class of syllogism.  It runs
    like this (Hofstadterites and self-reference fans take note):
    
       All new informational structures are patentable.
       X is a new informational structure.
       Therefore X is patentable.
    
    You will note my cleverness, which lies in this:  from now on, anyone who
    seeks, based on sound logic, to patent a new informational structure will
    be making use of my informational structure, thereby violating my
    patent.  Of course, f