Taylor Wilson is 19 years old. I suspect he will change the world.
Taylor built a working nuclear fusion reactor (fusion, not fission) in his garage when he was 14, becoming the youngest person ever to do so. When he was 17, Taylor came in first in the prestigious Intel Science and Engineering Fair, also winning the Intel Young Scientist award. But this just scratches the surface. His goal is to improve on existing molten salt reactor tech to build a much safer and more efficient fission reactor. He’s been offered funding by the DOE and turned it down due to patent concerns. And remember, he is now just 19.
Spend a few minutes watching this young man speak. This video was a TED talk from earlier this year. Seems to me, he’s the real deal.