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007 : Tesla, The Singularity, Patents, The DMCA, and What is Ownership?
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007 : Tesla, The Singularity, Patents, The DMCA, and What is Ownership?

We discuss Tesla’s secret-but-not-secret upcoming home battery project, which evolves into discussing their vehicles and vehicles in general. Alex gets an education about what The Singularity actually entails, and we discuss the morality of becoming “one”. After running through some recent tech news, we settle into a discussion about Google’s hope for defeating patent trolls, and debate the utility of patents in general.

Our final story is about John Deere’s DMCA bullying of farmers trying to work on their own tractors, which John Deere claims their customers no longer own outright, leading to a discussion and debate about what is ownership, and whether or not companies have a right to enforce limits on software in the hands of end-users.

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