TED Talk: Kirby Ferguson’s Embrace the Remix.
I’m a big fan of Everything is a Remix series by Ferguson, but his latest TED talk Embrace the Remix is a bit of a disappointment. What’s even more disappointing how the TED audience seems so clueless that they give him a standing ovation. He is implying Apple’s hypocrisy when it comes to copying (Apple can be a bit of a hypocrite at times, but that’s another story). He took Steve Jobs quotes and took the out of context, and some things he said about Apple weren’t factually true.
I completely agree with Ferguson that patent system is flawed and gets in the way of innovation. We need a better system were we can transform and innovate on existing ideas while at the same time prevent blatant copying. According to him, remix consists of three parts — copy, transform, combine. But he gets Apple wrong. Apple takes bunch of ideas, truly transforms and combines them in a new way. Great example of this is the first iPhone in 2007. There were no other smartphones like it before the iPhone came out. But take a look at Samsung’s products, they just do the copy part. No seriously check this.