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Wearable Computing, by its very nature,
blurs the boundary between "thinking"
and "computing" as well as the boundary
between "remembering" and "recording".

Thus, in the "cyborg" age, what will it
mean to patent an algorithm (a process
of thoughts), or to copyright some data
(e.g. a collection of memories)?

Will it mean that...
  Memorization is copying; copying is theft!
  Seeing is recording; recording is theft!
  Learning is downloading; downloading is theft!
or that the learner must pay a license fee to the
teacher, each time he or she thinks of some
patented thoughts or copyrighted memories?

As we evolve from "Wearables" to
"Implantables.com" will we witness the birth of
the one-seat floating license?  Will the license
manager allow more than fifty people to think
the same thoughts at the same time, if all we
have purchased is a 50 seat thinking license?
Will free thinking be considered circumvention
of the Uniform SEAT Association's UseatA?

Will laws or contracts against reverse
engineering make "thought experiments"
illegal?  Will the current-day criminalization
of science manifest itself as the thought police
of the future?  Or will we free ourselves from
the concept of Intellectual Property altogether?