T: But that means that inventions should be available to everyone and not just to the patent holders. Take the wheel. It moved the world in the most literal sense.
JV: The most successful inventions in the world were not protected by patents like they are today. Anyone who was smart enough could use them for themselves. They usually made life easier, better or more beautiful: The hand ax over 2 million years ago,the ability to master fire, metalworking, the steam engine and the Internet, just to name a few examples.
The best templates for some inventions were given to us by nature itself, such as Velcro, the suction cup or the lotus effect. Today inventions appear every second. The more civilized our world became, the more patents were applied for to improve the world day by day.
2014 saw the highest ever rate of granted patents. You have to watch like a hawk to make sure you're not manipulated or simply pulled along, but rather determine yourself in which direction you want to go. A life without smartphones seems almost impossible to the current generation, while parents struggle to keep up with the latest technology.
Conclusion: The Internet, smartphones and networking offer unimagined possibilities to make the World a smaller place, but: Equipment, machines and cars - life around us is becoming evermore complicated while on the other hand, everything should be more affordable. How can this work?