Jack Andraka is a disingenuous fraud... More media sensationalism than anything else. Especially when you see headlines stating that "Teen finds cure to cancer!" The work actually done by Jack is questionable and the research done was not innovative and had already been developed. During his layman talks, no credit is given to these previous developers and, of course, no technical specifics like reaction mechanisms or detection limits are discussed. He's nothing more than an enthusiastic teen that is curious about science, but is still a kid with a high school level of knowledge of biochemistry. He's no genius.
His story is also suspect. Rejected by 199 investigators, but the one positive response come from a researcher who works 20 miles from where Jack lives and just happens to be an expert in pancreatic cancer. It's been over 2 years since his "amazing breakthrough" and yet there is no peer-review publication of his supposed results. Instead his focus is fully directed on patenting his unproven discovery. This, from the guy who praises and wants to promote open source, wants to patent his technique. Patents actually impede scientific advancement.
Reposted from youtube because I really want Ann to read this and i can't figure out how to write to her:
I had to come learn more after seeing you on the Tonight show. This made me more proud to be Canadian than the whole of the Olympics. Selfless and inspiring. Can someone please give this amazing girl their gold medal when they get home. She sure deserves it more than any athlete (No offence). Way to actually change the world. You've just earned yourself an amazing fan for life. After seeing all the horrible things going on in the world right now. You Ann, have restored my hope in humanity. Thank-you so much.
Many here are just rich kids that decided to do something different with their daddies money. I wish I could go on holiday to the North Pole too (3 times!) Oh, and he didn't break any records either, all made up by his PR team
>As executive director of Girls Who Code, Kristen Titus
I am reading this on the anniversay of Grace Hopper's 107th birthday, and have actually written programs in Cobol...
Girls, learn from history, and never saddle the human race with anything like Cobol again...
Didn't these two Snapchat guys sort of defraud
their third original partner, Reggie Brown, who are up with the whole idea for Snapchat in the first place? This is hardly laudatory behavior--shame on Time for failing to even mention this. I hope today's young people look elsewhere for inspiration.
I was wary - thought I'd learn of the next group focused on becoming multi-gazillionaires. How absolutely excellent to pick up on primary motivation shared, which seems to be "making things better generally". (Only checked out the first dozen for now, trust the rest were similar.and will check them out later.)
Also perhaps important to mention: whenever any one individual is able to pursue developing an inspired idea, there are countless supporters who go unacknowledged: parents, grandparents and extended family, classroom teachers, mentors, villagers, ditch diggers, sandwich makers, taxpayers, etc. The best society we can develop is one in which we always remember: the group underlies 'individual' achievement.
@All European Youngsters. What the hell on earth are you doing while your peers from all-around the World are changing it? Huh?!
change for the better? bitcoin is NOT! they are made by wasting energy by greedy folks. wake up! it is 2013. the world needs sustainable ideas and services and not bitcoin, coinbase or greedy wall street and goldman sachs brokers.
My sister and her friends went to a software house. The man there straight forwardly said that women can't stay in this field, like they [women] are too dumb to code anything. This, they were highly discouraged. Kristin Titus is fighting for the right think. I am with her.
no miley cyrus on this list? you mean you guys actually looked for people who are contributing something positive to society? i'm shocked in the best way possible
@PeterJamesHerz bitter troll
Excellent question, which causes me to notice - I allowed myself to be 'lulled'. The innovators I checked out indeed are worthy, but you are so correct to include those who 'go to the wall' for need of honesty and transparency in governance!!
I don't deny the gift of his innovation, but IMO, he's become seduced by power/wealth and has rather lost his way for what society needs in 21stC .. just my 'criteria' thoughts.
@awaisraad As long as we don't get a successor to Cobol as the end product...