During the Internet boom years, investors sank billions into the stillborn brainchildren of radical Bay Area entrepreneurs. Now, as new ideas and capital are scarce, a San Francisco artist is hoping to get investors to bypass the ideas and just buy his brain.
Jonathon Keats, a 32-year-old conceptual artist and novelist, has announced plans to auction off futures contracts on 6 billion neurons in his brain, which he copyrighted this spring. The copyright, like all copyrights, lasts for the life of the creator plus 70 years, thanks to an extension granted by 1998's controversial Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.
"BuyMyNeurons.com" would make a pretty good name for an investment capital torching .com startup...