I think one of the takeaways from the survey may be that formal intellectual property protection isn't always valuable to most businesses, even though intangible things like reputation may be very valuable.
You do realise that trademark protection exists with or without registration, right? Registration confers additional rights to your trademark, but even without registration, other businesses are not permitted to imitate you.
Therefore, even without taking the step of registration, there is still formal intellectual property protection, which the GP is correct in saying that businesses that trade on their reputation rely on. If a business wasn't able to have exclusivity over the name tied to their reputation, such a reputation would be very difficult to foster in the first place. It's easy to take things like the concept of a business's reputation for granted when we are so used to the idea of a trademark.
Yes, the laws were flawed, and yes, that's the idea Asimov mined to produce some interesting stories.
But the thing here is that those laws require both a free-thinking intelligence that can reason non-linearly, and a locked-down computer-like slavish obedience to simplistic concepts. As we have yet to put any kind of actual AI in the field, we not only don't have such magic combo, we don't even know how to make such a magic combo.
The only high-level intelligence we know of is us; and getting one of us to rigidly obey the three laws would be an exercise in utter frustration. No reason to think it'd be any more practical in Robbie the Robot, esq., citizen of the Consolidated Intelligences Union.
Nice job misquoting me. That "almost" you left out is critical to understanding what I said.
See any steel mills? Visit Bethlehem and check 'em out. See any television or radio manufacturers? Other than Apple's recent foray into trash can manufacture, see any computer manufacturers? (and no, importers of Chinese parts to assemble don't count) Been to Detroit lately? That's a bloody eye-opener, I can tell you. Or just take a trip to Walmart and check country of origin on, well, just about anything.
Sure, there's a little manufacturing left, but it's a pale shadow of what we have had in the past.
Quoting JFK on honesty and openness in government. Maybe you should study some history.
It's "lodestone", you infidel. And they aren't gems, either. Did you sleep through earth science?
The framework is fine. The linker isn't designed to put objects this size on the heap. Goddamned Insmell smegma registers.
Nah, those of us that think don't hang out in earthquake zones.
they risk releasing biomechanoid killing machines that will destroy all of humanity.
Too late, already done. They're called "televisions." They kill the mind first.
There is a bottom, you heretic. It's a Yurtle.
These tunneling machines are not meant to be stopped, and consequently do not have a "reverse".
We engineer types call that "a failure of vision."
So because to our knowledge nobody has ever sold a rogue nuclear weapon to someone in the past that means it will never happen in the future?
No, it probably won't happen in the future, either. There are huge technical hurdles, most likely insurmountable.
But I'll tell you something else: Say it happens. Some big city somewhere goes up in a mushroom cloud. It still won't knock civilization out. There are billions of people on the planet, hundreds of societies, and the complete destruction of a city or two -- regardless of how -- won't mean squat in the long run to civilization at large. As we have already seen many times in the last hundred years, examples that come right to mind include Dresden, Tokyo, Berlin, Beirut, Warsaw, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, just to name a few. The whole "terrorists might get a nuke and end civilization" meme is pure hysteria, nothing more.
And you can leave out the government propaganda nonsense - I don't believe in government any more than you do.
What are you talking about? Did I say I "didn't believe in" government? No, I didn't say anything of the kind. Please try to keep the strawman assembly to a minimum. Let me explain my previous post in just a few short words: Your thesis about nukes ending civilization is utter nonsense; what you ought to be concerned with is the actual threat, which is the present government out of control. None of which is propaganda: it's straight up fact. Also, just as an aside, I consider government an absolute necessity. Get it now?
It only takes one wealthy wackjob to buy a chemical or nuclear weapon and use it to kill millions of people.
No, it also takes a seller of such weapons. And there aren't any, or we'd have been sweeping up the remains of some city, political center, or major chunk of infrastructure by now. The whole "terrorists and nuclear weapons" is a total mind job done on you and yours by your government. One thing to to keep in mind: Nukes are very difficult and expensive to manufacture, and pretty damned difficult to lose track of.
Civilization isn't likely to die due to nuclear weapons. We've set off well over a thousand of them already, and there's no particular notable effects other than the low hum of hysteria at the intersection of the set of the ill-informed and the paranoid.
Also, Chemical weapons are a lot less "mass" than nukes are, barring very sophisticated delivery systems, which again, aren't available to religious tools. Bacterial weapons are vaguely possible (although still very, very technical), but incorporate the downside of most likely eventually killing everyone everywhere instead of just the target(s), and so not even your average superstition-addled dingbat seriously considers them.
If you are a US citizen, If you want to worry about civilization, you should be worrying about the decay of our government from one authorized by the constitution into a form exclusively controlled by corporate and political groups. Because unlike the "nuclear threat", said decay is real and ongoing and has already screwed things up immensely: almost 100% loss of manufacturing capacity and so also jobs, crippling inflation, loss of citizen's rights, usurpation of article five powers by the judiciary, illegal legislation that spans almost the entire bill of rights to ex post facto laws to the complete inversion of the commerce clause, promulgation of multiple very expensive, ultimately useless wars... the problem isn't terrorists. The problem is our federal government. The whole terrorist thing is to keep the citizens looking the wrong way.
The NSA is doing everything it can to save your ass.
No. US citizens are not under any real threat, either short term or long -- at least, no threat that isn't in the end posed by our government itself. What the NSA is doing is attempting to shore up the government, which, frankly, I'm beginning to feel would be better off being replaced by people, almost *any* group of people, who simply understand that it is not acceptable to break one's oath, and that the oath to the constitution is designed to, and should, ultimately govern all of our legislation.