The “copyright directive” that will be voted tomorrow in the EU parliament is so (words fail me here) to be, as they say, “not even wrong”. But if it is approved, it may have a wonderful, long overdue unintended consequence.
(background: in september 2012 a “coming soon portal for European Businesses” asked me to write an article with the same title as this one here, expanding on what I had already written on the topic.
Microelectronics and, to a much greater extent, software, are two strategic, immensely powerful technologies. Here I try to explain, in the simplest possible way, why this happens and the basic characteristics of some modern integrated circuits.