What had become the longest trial in the history of the federal court system concluded with the ruling that the most valuable invention of the twentieth century could not be patented. The open source movement, born a decade or so later, would soon shun corporate secrecy, lauding the beneﬁts of freely sharing information to drive forward innovation. Thanks to von Neumann those principles were baked into computing from the very beginning.
Ananyo Bhattacharya, The Man from the Future: the visionary life Of John von Neumann, London, 2021, ch. 5