6 Replies to “Billionaire, Genius, and This?”

  1. I can answer that. This person learned business at Microsoft, where the most appealing business model in any market was always extortion. He found a business that was inherently extortionate, yet inherently proof against anti-trust law, and is exploiting it with great energy.

    Were you going to suggest that genius implies ethical behavior? Maybe you should see the movie “Mars Attacks”. Or, that everybody’s definition of genius is the same? Many people admire “genius” Bill Gates, apparently just because he got lots of money through largely extortionate means. Did Myhrvold ever do anything that benefited society or the species, or is he just clever with applied math problems? There’s nothing more wrong with cleverness than with a capacity for hard work. Either way, what matters is what you do with it.

    Edward Teller had a (probably much better deserved) reputation for genius, yet spent most of his life arranging for a large fraction of his adopted country’s wealth to be consumed in constructing and operating weapons of mass destruction.

  2. The US patent system is an economic disaster. Patent trolls are this disaster’s looters. Their only redeeming purpose in life is that they call attention to the problem that is modern patents. If Nathan Myhrvold is a genius then so is Jeffrey Skilling.


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