With teenage optimism, and using “a teenagers two best friends Google and Wikipedia” and determined hard work Jack Thomas Andraka (aged 16 and still at high school) has developed an early warning test for pancreatic cancer.
In a recent TED talk interview , posted by Brooke Borel, he was asked if he had any advice for other inventors and scientists, his answer was: “to use the Internet in cool ways to solve your problems.” He said that he used Google and Wikipedia, and when the questioner asked him how he used Google in ways that were different Jack answered:
“Well, the typical teenager doesn’t use Google to find scientific articles. They are typically on Tumblr, Facebooking, liking pictures a person posted of their food on Instagram. And so that’s why I am really passionate about showing them that, hey, you can be changing the world.”
Watch his TED talk and be inspired!
Filmed in February 2013 at Long Beach, California
To hear Jack talking about his discovery and its potential for the future go here.