Bill Gates to own infinitives?

Another sign of intellectual property law run amok: Microsoft tries to patent a “method and system for selecting and conjugating a verb.” (Via /.)

Maybe next Gates can automate novel-writing by creating a “method and system for turning an idea into a story”?

Don’t roll your eyes. At least not until you read “Computers write news at Thomson.” I keep fantasizing that George Saunders will write a story involving some error in a computer-automated “news report” that throws the world into chaos.


You might want to subscribe to my free Substack newsletter, Ancestor Trouble, if the name makes intuitive sense to you.