As far as I’m concerned, the interesting aspect of this case isn’t just that the CEO of Turing is an asshole who is lining his own pockets with zillions of dollars by gouging AIDS patients.
I assume most pharmaceutical company CEOs are assholes who would line their own pockets with zillions of dollars by gouging AIDS patients if the opportunity presented itself.
They talk about responsible government, yet laud democracy. We could probably homestead in Alaska or something. I am perfectly willing to go to meetups and make snide remarks about democracy, Churchianity, and a feminized society, because that’s what hip young people like me We’re just cool like that. If we all went to MUSC (Moldbug’s Underground Sierra Complex), and looked around, here’s whom we’d see: —an ocean of nerdy single dudes, many of them very smart and handsome, like yours truly (why yes, I have game) —a much, smaller contingent of single women —some families —some couples, mostly older. We could name it “Camp Tesla/Shaker.” Come for the gadgets and taste in music, stay for the celibacy. Adam had a different curse: …cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.“You have, in your head, a better way of life.
They talk about standing firm on principles, but have been drifting left for…well, centuries, solution, to me, looks to be #2—new institutions. In the Garden you just walked around and ate whatever fruit was lying around (but for those two).
The interesting aspect of this case is that the CEO of Turing got the opportunity. In the United States, pharmaceutical companies that discover a new drug are granted a 20-year term of exclusivity to reward them for the public service of drug research.
Cassettes existed alongside vinyl for around twenty five years before compact discs again replaced them as the default.
Interplanetary travel is just around the corner, but desktop computers for Mister and Mrs Jones? Today, the smartphone you carry in your pocket has more computing power than the fastest supercomputers of the '80s.
For example, the Cray-2, released in 1985 and the fastest supercomputer until 1988, performed at about 1.9 gflops (Giga Floating-point Operations Per Second).
By 2013, your standard i Phone performed at about 75 gflops."The great room, which had been one of the marvels of the world [...].
No living eye would ever again see that wonderful battery of almost human Hollerith analyzers and five thousand million punched cards holding all that could be recorded on each man, woman and child on the planet." is a game I bought twelve years ago to my PC. Now, I am going to condense it out of thin air and install it on a machine you would have seen on Star Trek.
After twenty years, the drug becomes public domain and anybody who wants can compete to produce it, usually leading to a precipitous fall in costs.