However, as reassuring as it is to think that the newest generation has their s**t locked down, things aren't quite this simple.
Let's revisit the first story about the teenager with the low-cost method of desalinating seawater. What the story neglected to mention was that his work was cost-effective because he was a single high school student treating barely a mouthful of water. Will his method still be cost-effective when/if it gets rolled out on a larger scale? Will his method even work on a larger scale? We don't know, but reading the science section gives you the impression that the clean water crisis is over and we can all move onto more pressing age-old matters like where the beef went and what the deal is with that.
I also hate to be the one to stick up for the ferret-faced creep, but Shkreli was right to scoff at those schoolkids and the media -- he isn't getting away with his price gouging because he has a production monopoly, more that he abused loopholes in the regulatory system to create a distribution monopoly. Anyone with a working knowledge of pharmaceutical chemistry could recreate Daraprim, but attempting to sell it would land them in federal prison.
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