Whiz Kid Who Impressed President with Marshmallow Cannon is Now Intel's Youngest Intern

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legionera

Everything just looks so convenient.

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KenLV

...and thanks to all these nonsensical "zero tolerance" policies, if he brought his marshmallow cannon anywhere near school he'd most likely be expelled. When imaginary bow and arrows and imaginary guns gets you kicked out, just think what a "lethal" marshmallow gun will do to your permanent record!

People are worried about Intel and "corporate America" stifling the imagination? Forget about that, we've got schools and the government to do that LONG before people make it into the workforce.

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vrmlbasic

You have a point. Let us not forget the kid who was suspended because he chewed his poptart into a shape resembling a gun. I don't think that this kid would have a problem as he cannot bring his marshmallow cannon to school: everyone knows that the "gun free zone" signs automagically stop all weapons from passing them, gosh!

Our politicians these days are none too gun-friendly. We might need this kid's marshmallow canon to defend ourselves with...though the government is also not big on unhealthy food so ammo might be scarce for these marshmallow canons lol.

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KenLV

I want to be clear though, it's not just about the stupidity of the overreaching and overreacting "zero tolerance" policies. It's about stifling imagination and trying to make everyone (falsely) believe that EVERYONE is the same, i.e. equal.

You want to see the best example of setting the bar as low as you can - so EVERYONE is "included", just look at the whole common core curriculum.

Who cares if you are "special" - on EITHER end of the spectrum. There will be NO special/advanced classes.

It's no longer about being the best. It's not even about "equal opportunity". It's ONLY about equal outcome.

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devin3627

idiots quick to judge, this kid so smart that we can't relate or comphrehend with him. everyone goes to him for help. don't judge him by his age.

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legionera

There is a surplus of such kids/people EVERYWHERE! What is the difference? Influential parents.

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devin3627

this kid probably remembers his friends and family's phone numbers by accident.

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LatiosXT

As much as I want to root for the kid, part of me is worried that the big corporate entity that is Intel will stagnate his growth. Unless Intel has some R&D division that's basically "here's some money, go innovate."

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vrmlbasic

Valve gets a pass for doing this sort of thing, and they're more "corporate" about it as they only rope in people who have already demonstrated an interesting concept, so why shouldn't Intel?

It wouldn't surprise me if Intel holds him back though as Intel has a history of wanting to hold everyone back. The Intel Atom, to pick an example, has held back the productivity of millions.

...though I have to wonder about the merit of hiring a guy because he made a "marshmallow cannon" that allegedly impressed the president of the US. Is the person doing the hiring biologically related to the folk at Intel who thought that Intel's iGPU was ready to be forced on the masses?

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Nixon

"...though I have to wonder about the merit of hiring a guy because he made a "marshmallow cannon" that allegedly impressed the president of the US."

Perhaps Intel is hiring young people, such as this kid, for their secret branch in the future production of weapons of war and mass destruction. His display of the marshmallow cannon, while being only in the 8th grade, may have interested them. /tinfoilhat :D