Building A Database Of Every Human Idea
from the shut-down-the-patent-office dept
I’ve seen a number of times the fake quote (yes, it’s a myth) from a patent office official saying that “everything has been invented” and that the patent office should be shut down. It seems that not everyone has realized that the abilit of the human brain to continually come up with new things may be limitless. A professor in Japan believes that the number of human ideas is finite and that he can build a database housing all of those ideas. He thinks that such a database can be useful in understanding cultural differences. It’s definitely an interesting project, and (depending on how it’s implemented) could lead to some very valuable discussions – but I doubt it could ever be a “complete” mental map of all human ideas.