Hi I'm Taylor Wilson, and I built a Nuclear Fusion Reactor @14 in My Parent's Garage; Soon, You can, Too!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 20:57
Oh, and found a cheap way to detect cancer, from what used to cost 100's of thousands of dollars, to barely over $100, oh yeah, and also invented about a hundred times cheaper radiation detector for port security.
All before he's even legally allowed to drink. Now, how about that?
Meet the Future, the WunderKind: Taylor Wilson
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
Published on Apr 30, 2013
Filmed Feb. 2013, Long Beach, CA
Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission. Wilson, who has won backing to create a company to realize his vision, explains why he's so excited about his innovative design for small modular fission reactors -- and why it could be the next big step in solving the global energy crisis.
TED Bio Page:
Why you should listen to him:
Physics wunderkind Taylor Wilson astounded the science world when, at age 14, he became the youngest person in history to produce fusion. The University of Nevada-Reno offered a home for his early experiments when Wilson’s worried parents realized he had every intention of building his reactor in the garage.
Wilson now intends to fight nuclear terror in the nation's ports, with a homemade radiation detector priced an order of magnitude lower than most current devices. In 2012, Wilson's dreams received a boost when he became a recipient of the $100,000 Thiel Prize. Wilson now intends revolutionize the way we produce energy, fight cancer, and combat terrorism using nuclear technology.
"Kenneth asked a nuclear-pharmacist friend to come over to check on Taylor’s safety practices. As far as he could tell, the friend said, the boy was getting it right."
Tom Clynes, Popular Science
Additional show notes from the official TED Blog:
Posted by: Kate Torgovnick
February 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm EDT
Taylor Wilson graduated from high school in May. And Popular Science has already dubbed him “The Boy who Played with Fusion” and Forbes has suggested that he may just be “The Bill Gates of Energy.”
Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactorTaylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactorWilson first received attention at the age of 14, after building a nuclear fusion reactor he’d dreamed up in his parents’ garage. He spoke at TED2012 about that experience, and he’s back this year at TED2013 to talk about a new project.
“I realized that the biggest problem we face — what all these other problems come down to — is energy,” says Wilson. “This is a talk about fission — about taking something old and bringing it into the 21st century.”
Wilson has invented Small Modular Fission Reactors. These reactors are small, meaning that they can be built in factories and shipped wherever they need to go. They are installed three meters underground — making them far safer from a counterterrorism standpoint than something aboveground. And these are molten salt reactors, which means that they have the potential to run on the waste from old nuclear weapons — making the wide distribution of this technology a potential way to secure the material from weapon stockpiles.